Biofuels advocate dismisses UM emissions study favoring fossil fuels

Sep 13, 2016

A University of Michigan researcher says the environmental benefits of biofuels are exaggerated, so much so that he says burning fossil fuels is better. On our Tuesday environmental segment, a biofuels industry spokesman responds.

Last week on Current State’s weekly environmental segment, we learned about an attention-getting study from the University of Michigan Energy Institute. The institute’s John DiCicco said it found that biofuels are not, as often touted, carbon neutral. That is, the emissions from biofuels like ethanol are not entirely reabsorbed by plant life.

Biofuels supporters have taken issue with the report.

Current State speaks with Geoff Cooper of the Washington D.C. based Renewable Fuels Association.

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