The Role for Biofuels

Bill Scher

One of the many contentious issues in crafting clean energy policies is the role of biofuels — particularly ethanol, which now primarily comes from corn. They help reduce the need for fossil fuels and foreign oil, but the process to create the fuel potentially contributes to global warming, damage to the land and increased food costs.

But as Al Gore noted in an appearance promoting Live Earth yesterday on CNN’s Larry King Live, if executed carefully as part of a comprehensive energy strategy, they can be beneficial.

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