UM study: biofuel emissions environmentally worse than fossil fuels

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A study done by U-M research professor John DiCicco indicates that biofuels might be worse for the environment than the fossil fuels they are meant to replace. Image: Daniel Bauer, Flickr.

A study done by U-M research professor John DiCicco indicates that biofuels might be worse for the environment than the fossil fuels they are meant to replace. Image: Daniel Bauer, Flickr.

A recent University of Michigan study that’s generating disagreement in the biofuel community.

For years, many environmentalists and researchers have pointed to the benefits of burning corn ethanol instead of gasoline or other fossil fuels. The crops are renewable and better for the environment. But a study released last month by the University of Michigan casts doubt on that environmental claim.

Current State talks with Dr. John DiCicco, a research professor at the U-M Energy Institute in Ann Arbor.

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