Invasive Grasses as Biofuel? Scientists Protest

This article elaborates on what seems to be a beneficial proposition. The Environmental Protection Agency recently allowed two species of invasive grasses, arundo donax and pennisetum purpureum to be potentially used for biofuel. In response, more than 200 scientists from across the nation have protested and expressed their concern at the EPA’s recent ruling. Scientists claim that the use of these grasses for biofuel could potentially exacerbate the problem and continue the spread of an invasive species that is already harming the environment. Invasive species currently cost the federal government $120 billion a year. Furthermore, many invasive species were introduced by the federal government as a potential solution to an environmental problem.

To learn more, please visit http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/10/23/invasive-grasses-as-biofuel-scientists-protest/ 

Sarah Perez

Chapter 10

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