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Renewable Fuels Fallacy

Frank Markus of Motor Trend magazine explains why every carbon molecule in a liquid biofuel, such as ethanol or biodiesel, can’t be counted “as an ecological freebie.” He reports on the debate about the Renewable Fuel Standard that took place during a panel discussion at this year’s Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Government-Industry Meeting in Washington, DC. UMEI research professor John DeCicco was on the panel and Markus’s “Renewable Fuels Fallacy article​ translates key parts of the tricky science around biofuels and carbon into plain English.