The Environmental Outlook: Debate Over Ethanol And The Future Of Biofuels

The Environmental Outlook: Debate Over Ethanol And The Future Of Biofuels

For this month's Environmental Outlook: The EPA has proposed reducing the amount of ethanol required to be mixed with gasoline. Debate over U.S. ethanol policy and the future of advanced biofuels.

A decade ago plant-based fuels held tremendous promise in the U.S. The hope was that they would reduce reliance on foreign oil and cut greenhouse gases caused by burning fossil fuels. Ethanol made from corn took off, helped by a government mandate requiring billions of gallons of corn ethanol to be added to gasoline and diesel. But last month the Obama administration signaled it is rethinking the biofuel mandate. This has corn growers and developers of advanced biofuels up in arms. On the other side is the oil industry and environmental groups. For this month's Environmental Outlook: the battle over ethanol policy and the future of biofuels.

Guests

Dina Cappiello

national environmental reporter, The Associated Press.

Scott Faber

senior vice president for government affairs, Environmental Working Group; former vice president, the Grocery Manufacturers Association.

Brooke Coleman

executive director, The Advanced Ethanol Council.

Jason Hill

professor of bioproducts and biosystems engineering, University of Minnesota.

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