Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Biofuels

With the Congress considering an increase in the national mandate for ethanol in the nation’s gasoline supply and presidential candidates touring Iowa and paying homage to the continued subsidization to turn corn into fuel, the United States is unlikely to turn away from policies and programs designed to exploit agriculture for energy generation.

Energy legislation would substantially increase the ethanol mandate and enact a host of other credits and incentives designed to expand production and use of biofuels. A principal justification offered for increasing the use of ethanol is that it results in less greenhouse gas emissions than petroleum-based fuels.

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