Cutting Corn Ethanol Will Lower Greenhouse Emissions

Cutting Corn Ethanol Will Lower Greenhouse Emissions

In 2007, few anticipated that the ethanol mandate by the government would drive up the price of corn so much that farmers would plow up more than 8 million acres of wetlands and grasslands in order to make more money selling corn. 

With the release of soil carbon and the growth in nitrous oxide emissions from the conversion of uncultivated land to corn monocultures, corn ethanol is worse for the climate than the gasoline that it was intended to displace.

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