Ethanol producers want their water use put into perspective
December 14, 2007
use lots of clean water
in order to produce fuel. That water consumption, though, is a point of concern
to some of those who live in areas where water is in short supply, like western Nebraska -- as well as in water-rich places like Iowa, where little regulatory oversight
has been applied to water consumption for ethanol production. The Nebraska Corn Board, among others, wants people to consider the other side of the coin, which is that even larger amounts of water are consumed in the process of refining crude oil.
last revised December 2007