California pilot plant to make ethanol from ‘energy beets’

According to a March 23, 2013 story in the Associated Press, the latest experiment for producing ethanol that is mixed with gasoline thanks to a federal mandate involves something called “energy beets.” These are beets that are genetically modified for optimal conversion to ethanol.

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.

Mythbusting provides Perspectives On Some Of The Most Common Fuel Myths

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.