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Invasive Plant Sparks Biofuel Debate

Giant reed, a fast-growing hardy grass species found throughout Texas and other southern states that the US government is considering using as a renewable fuel source.

Sounds like a resolution to solve the giant reed problem right? Not quite according to scientists and environmentalists arguing that the ecological and economic risks are greater than the possible benefit. The EPA would encourage farmers to grow giant reed and other invasive grasses for biofuel production.

The use of invasive species as biofuel could bring unintended consequences.

 
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