Cotton Newsline: March 23, 2007

Using renewable fuels to make the cotton industry self-sufficient.

The U.S. is currently consuming a fourth of the world’s energy with only 5 percent of the world population. Dr. Calvin Parnell, Cotton Chair and Director of the Center for Agricultural Air Quality Engineering and Science at Texas A&M University, is working to design new methods for reducing our fossil fuel dependence by using renewable fuels.

Although grain based ethanol has been the central focus of alternative fuel research, Parnell says other options are going to have to be considered.

Parnell believes such technologies will be developed and practiced in the near future, but currently cotton growers need to concentrate on reducing their own dependence on fossil fuels.

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