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Report: The Carbohydrate Economy, Biofuels and the Net Energy Debate

| Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Aug 5, 2005 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at

This August 2005 report by David Morris addresses the never-ending question “Doesn’t it take more energy to make ethanol than is contained in the ethanol?” In 1980, the short and empirical answer to this question was yes. In 1990, the answer was, probably not. In 2005 the answer is clearly no.

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David Morris is co-founder of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and directs its initiative on The Public Good. He is the author of the New City States, Seeing the Light, and three other non-fiction books. His essays on public policy are regularly published by On the Commons, Alternet, Common Dreams and the Huffington Post.

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