An article in the New York Times talks about decreasing carbon emissions not only by driving less and using less energy, but also changing the way we derive chemicals for everyday products. Since a large number of the synthetic products used today are petroleum-based, "the effort to tap biomass for chemicals runs parallel to the higher-stakes research aimed at developing biofuels," the article says. Once the economic incentives win out, making bulk chemicals from renewable plant sources like corn and switchgrass will both save oil and reduce carbon emissions.
Thinking Outside the Petroleum Box
Apr 09, 2008