For the last several years, the possibility of using corn to produce a vehicle fuel — ethanol — has generated much excitement among politicians and the agribusiness industry. Can growing our own fuel really free the U.S. from importing so much foreign oil?
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Stanford University scientists have found a new, highly efficient way to produce liquid ethanol from carbon monoxide gas. This promising discovery could provide an eco-friendly alternative to conventional ethanol production from corn and other crops, say the scientists. “We have discovered the first metal catalyst that can produce appreciable amounts of ethanol from carbon monoxide […]