Administration addressing ethanol, climate change
May 5, 2009 by H. JOSEF HEBERT
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration renewed its commitment Tuesday to speed up investments in ethanol and other biofuels while seeking to deflect some environmentalists’ claims that huge increases in corn ethanol use will hinder the fight against global warming.
The reassurances to the ethanol industry came as the Environmental Protection Agency made public its initial analysis on what impact the massive expansion of future ethanol use could have on climate change. Rejecting industry and agricultural interests’ arguments, it said its rules – which will take months to develop – will take into account increased greenhouse gas emissions as more people plant ethanol crops at the expense of forests and other vegetation and land use is influenced worldwide by the demand for biofuels.
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