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Unformatted text preview: MARIANA LUDMER SID 20711193 PS#4 EEP 101 Scientists found a new bug that, combined with plant waste, can generate oil. There are several differences between this and corn based ethanol. First of all, to make energy out of corn we need to grow corn. Many people argue that given that there are millions of people around the world who are starving, growing food to make fuel out of it is unethical. This is not a problem with the new technology. In fact, the new technology (the bug) uses plant waste, instead of food, to create energy. In addition, the production costs for the new technology are much lower than for corn-based ethanol. Moreover, using a bug and plant waste to generate oil could address several environmental issues. For instance, plant waste would be lower, given that the plant eats the waste to generate oil. This means that there would be less waste in landfills since the waste would be eaten by the bug. In other words, the amount of pollution that would be generated by having trash sitting in landfills would decrease. At the same time, if waste is reduced, then in the long time we wouldn’t need landfills would decrease....
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This note was uploaded on 11/13/2009 for the course ECON 181 taught by Professor Kasa during the Spring '07 term at Berkeley.
- Spring '07