The Virtues of Switchgrass as an Alternative Fuel
With rising gas prices and global temperatures, corn-based ethanol seemed to promise a bright energy future. Now, as corn's dark side becomes ever clearer, switchgrass offers a better alternative as well as a first step to restoring the prairie that once blanketed this country's heartland.
* The harvesting of biomass should be done after ground-nesting bird eggs have hatched and chicks have fledged.
* Woody biomass should not be taken from old-growth forests, national monuments, roadless areas, or national wildlife refuges.
This story originally ran in the September-October 2007 issue as "Grass Is Greener."