Another solution to the renewable fuel puzzle may be sugar cane. To succeed corn, it should be cleaner, cheaper, and not destroy land in its wake. Here are a few sugar positives:
- "it's also easy on the atmosphere, releasing a fraction of the carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases that add to the world's steamy greenhouse"
- "making sugar ethanol requires only a fifth of the gasoline and diesel it typically takes to make fuel from crops like corn"
- Brazilian sugar cane is "efficient, brewed without the official price props or government handouts that are common in Europe and the United States"
We're a tough crowd - those of us who want alternative energy that doesn't do more harm than good to the environment. (My favorite solution is still an electric car that you plug in to your solar-powered home. I'm a dreamer.)