Drying of the West

You might not want to build an ethanol plant west of the Mississippi after you’ve read this article in National Geographic Magazine about the Drying of the West. It looks like the Western states of the US have been enjoying something of a bath for the past 200 years and global warming is pulling the plug. Water is going to get scarcer and more expensive over a large part of the US, and that’s going to make more ethanol projects ConAgra’s in Clovis, New Mexico look doubtful.

Somehow I don’t think that converting half of the corn crop to ethanol would make enough of a dent in the US’ generation of carbon dioxide to make much of a dent in the process.

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