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OSU study questions cost-effectiveness of biofuels and their ability to cut fossil fuel use

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A new study by economists at Oregon State University questions the cost-effectiveness of biofuels and says they would barely reduce fossil fuel use and would likely increase greenhouse gas emissions. The idea that biofuels can reduce dependency on fossil fuels and mitigate climate change has led governments to promote them as substitutes for gasoline and petroleum-based diesel, using mandates and subsidies, said Bill Jaeger, the lead author on the study.
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Academics / General Science : Science Codex (3 years ago)

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It's not easy flying green: Large variability in greenhouse gas emissions from alternative fuels

Academics / General Science : Science Daily (3 years ago)

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Production of biofuel from forests will increase greenhouse emissions

Academics / General Science : Science Codex (3 years ago)

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