29 Jul '11, 4pm

Move over corn-based ethanol, here comes tequila to help fight climate change. Let's drink to that.

Wrecked summer vacations, revved up gas mileage, watered down chemical regs The agave plant, typically used to distill tequila. Courtesy of kimsdinner. Tequila takes a shot at decreasing gasoline use A new study that looks at the life-cycle analysis of agave-derived ethanol has found that the desert plant produces relatively few carbon emissions, positioning itself as a possible biofuel and substitute for gasoline, reports the Guardian . Though agave is best known for its use in distilling tequila, the sugar-filled plant’s ability to grow on desert lands that aren’t usable for other food crops has garnered the interest of the biofuel industry, which is eager to find a plant-based fuel that won’t drive up food prices, a la the corn ethanol disaster. Scientists are already conducting agave biofuel trials in Australia, and the technology may also have potential for use in aba...

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