Corn Biofuels Worse than Gasoline on Global Warming in Short Term – Study


Dina Cappiello
AP
April 21, 2014

biofuels made with corn residue release 7% more greenhouse gases than conventional gasoline, study says.

Biofuels made with corn residue release 7% more greenhouse gases than conventional gasoline, study says.

Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, a new study shows, challenging the Obama administration’s conclusions that they are a much cleaner oil alternative and will help combat climate change.

A $500,000 study – paid for by the federal government and released Sunday in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Climate Change – concludes that biofuels made with corn residue release 7% more greenhouse gases in the early years compared with conventional gasoline.

While biofuels are better in the long run, the study says they won’t meet a standard set in a 2007 energy law to qualify as renewable fuel.

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