A dozen farmers in California, supported by a group of academics and a $5 million state grant, propose to build an energy beet conversion plant. Currently most ethanol in the United States is made from corn, but using energy beets instead would have certain advantages.
In the ongoing debate of how to best reduce dependence on foreign oil, a number of misconceptions have gotten in the way of curing our national addiction. These popular “myths” can solidify into opposing views that prevent us from arriving at a reasonable consensus. Here we provide contrary perspectives on some of the most common myths, in order to find a common ground where all Americans can work together to replace foreign oil with cheaper, cleaner American-made fuels.