PORTLAND, OR – There isn’t enough cropland in the entire U.S., nor sufficient water for irrigation, to grow the feedstock required to produce a fraction of the nation’s near-term automotive biofuels needs. That is the cheery message outlined here by scientists who, when pressed, suggest algae production has the greatest potential for mitigating fossil-fuel dependence with biofuel alternatives. “The bloom is pretty well off the ethanol rose,” says Jan Kreider, author, consultant and ...

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