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Progress on Biofuels

June 10, 2013

Dear EarthTalk: How far along are we at developing algae-based and other higher yield sources of biofuels?– Jason McCabe, Tullahoma, TN

A few years ago biofuels were all the rage. Environmental advocates to national security hawks alike were extolling the virtues of...Read More

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