Rising corn prices could be tempered by newer fuel alternatives

Rising corn prices could be tempered by newer fuel alternatives

The Department of Energy is finally putting some money behind the alternate fuel hype. Over the next four years it will invest $385 million in six cellulosic-based biorefineries. The ethanol feedstocks proposed in the projects cover a wide range: corn stover, corn stalks, woodchips and wood waste, wheat, barley straw, farm waste, forest waste, orange peels, and garbage from municipal landfills.

Congress approved aiding makers of cellulosic ethanol in the Energy Policy Act of 2005. The

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