Argument: Cellulosic ethanol can be grown on otherwise unused land

Issue Report: Cellulosic ethanol


David Schneider. “Loser: Grassoline’s Dark Side.” IEEE Spectrum. January 2010: “Estes argues that switchgrass would be planted mainly on fallow farmland. ‘Where we’re looking at growing these crops, there isn’t anything growing there anyway,’ she says. Kelly Tiller, director of external operations for the University of Tennessee’s office of bioenergy programs, notes that planting switchgrass ‘has good wildlife benefits’ and that it stores carbon in the soil. And she points out that there are some places where switchgrass could be grown with no environmental costs at all: within highway medians, for example, or along power-line rights-of-way.'”