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E-M:/ Michigan Messenger re Mascoma plant uncertainties

This is the first article I am aware of to actually dig into the question of whether turning Michigan’s forests into fuel for cars is really a good idea:

Uncertainty clouds plan to extract biofuel from Michigan’s forests

Upper Peninsula plant has attracted hundreds of millions in private, public funds

By Patrick K. Egan 3/3/09 8:00 AM

Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s single largest alternative energy project is a long way from proving itself. There is much uncertainty surrounding the plan to burn 375,000 cords of Michigan hardwood every year to create 40 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol for biofuel annually, raising concerns that it could do more financial and environmental harm than good.





Anne M. Woiwode, State Director

Sierra Club Michigan Chapter - 109 E. Grand River Avenue, Lansing, MI 48906  - 517-484-2372    anne.woiwode@sierraclub.org   http://michigan.sierraclub.org/index.shtml


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The bold steps that are needed to solve the climate crisis are exactly the same steps that ought to be taken in order to solve the economic crisis and the energy security crisis - Al Gore