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Friday, September 08, 2006

E-grass, I've had a few...  

Seems the Sierra Club is not too happy about Florida's plans to farm giant reed (Arundo donax) for use as a biofuel, according to this story from the Palm Beach Post. If the Biomass Investment Group has its way, they'll be planting 15,000 acres of the grass, burning it to generate electricity, and then selling it to a local power company.

Setting aside the fact that whoever decided to start calling this plant "e-grass" needs a stern talking-to (grrrrrr, just look at B.I.G.'s URL), consider that it may not be the best thing for Florida to purposely introduce yet another invasive species there. California, which has also entertained proposals for using giant reed as a biofuel, has been dealing with invasions in the San Diego area for over a decade.

Thanks to Lynn M. for sending in an email about this story.

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This is the WORST idea I've heard in a long time. How absolutely STUPID to even consider introducing Arundo to Flordia. Someone needs to come and see what a mess it has made of the Texas landscape.

Monique Reed
Texas A&M

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/11/2006 11:07:00 AM  

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