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Renewable fuels: due for a reality check: The Hill

Since 2005, the United States has embarked on a steady expansion of renewable fuels such as ethanol and biodiesel, widely touted as a win-win proposition for energy security and the environment. However, the promised breakthroughs in biofuel technology have greatly lagged the rapid ramp-up of production mandated by Congress while adverse side effects of the policy have become ever more clear. Drawing on his own scientific scrutiny of biofuels’ climate impacts, Energy Institute research professor John DeCicco penned this op-ed for The Hill, a well-known political news outlet in Washington, D.C.