My friend and colleague, Don Scansen, (who maintains an excellent Tumblr site, Scansen Uncensored and also writes the SemiSerious blog) pointed out an interesting IEEE article about the water it takes to produce fuels. As America continues to push for ethanol/biofuels as a way to be less reliant on foreign oil, what are the costs to the nation’s water supply? We’ve already seen one negative effect of biofuels–rising food prices around the world. Add that in to the staggering amount of water that is uses to create the fuel and the negative effects far outweigh the positive of slightly cleaner emissions. Should we not just stop ethanol/biofuel production right now?!

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