Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Sugar cane ethanol's not-so-sweet future

Imagine a fuel that does not come from the Middle East, is about six times more economical to produce than corn ethanol and has the potential to help the environment because it requires few chemicals to grow.

Then imagine there's virtually no chance such a thing will ever come to the United States, at least in any appreciable numbers.

...But due to a number of factors, primary among them the simple logistics of not being able to grow enough of the crop domestically, along with stringent tariffs against Brazilian sugar cane, that success is unlikely to be replicated in the U.S....

From CNN Money