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British plans to strip Gaddafi of oil revenue
Libya oil tanks seen as ‘time bomb’
Libyan Oil Reserves
Oil prices rise as Libyan unrest continues
With Middle East in Turmoil, Oil Prices Could Stall Global Economic Recovery
What if the Middle East unrest causes an oil shock?
Causal Chain
Causes of Middle East Unrest. Let’s Look West

If every vehicle in the United States were powered by ethanol, only one of eight would be driveable. Replacing just one-eighth of U.S. gasoline consumption would require the country’s entire corn crop.

Corn-based ethanol’s contribution to fighting global warming is marginal at best. A debate is raging, in fact, over whether ethanol takes more energy to produce than it provides. Ethanol burns cleaner than gasoline, but its production relies heavily on diesel-chugging tractors and petroleum-derived fertilizers, to the tune of some 140 gallons of oil per acre. Distilling corn into ethanol is also energy intensive, and while some forward-thinking producers are processing it with methane, biomass, and other alternative fuels, most of the 190 ethanol plants now in the works will be powered by coal. A recent survey by the University of California at Berkeley found that corn-based ethanol cuts greenhouse-gas emissions by, at best, 13 percent over gasoline.

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