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This is Scientifc America's Sixty Seconds Science.
I am Carrie Hocken, this'll just take a minute.

For years advocates have touted the use of Biofuels as a clean burning alternative to gasolines, now a pair of studies published in the Feb 8 issue of science conclude that Biofuels may do more harm to the environment than good.

The researchers caculated the indirect cost of growing the crops that turned into Biofuels, to plant the corns, sugarcanes and soybeans from which Bio-diesel and Bio-? are made, farmers would first need to clear forest and grass lands, that process turns out would actually generate more carbon dioxide than we would save by swearing off fossil fuels.

And we take centuries for us to pay off that Carbon debt.
For example, the scientists figure we take 319 years of using ethanol made of soybeans to make up for the extra carbon released by chopping down the forests needed to grow the crop.

And of course more seal to the atmospehere means more global warming.
So Biofuels may actually exacerbate the problem they meant to solve.
Something to think about is we move forward on producing ego friendly fuels, as one of the scientist put it, we should make sure that our cure is worth than the disease.

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