Biological Systems Engineering


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Published in Journal of Industrial Ecology 13:6 (December 2009), pages 994–995; DOI: 10.1111/j.1530-9290.2009.00187.x Copyright © 2009 by Yale University; published by Blackwell Publishing. Used by permission.


This letter responds to two issues concerning the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions intensity of corn-ethanol that were raised in discussions of our response (Liska and Cassman 2009) to Plevin’s article (2009), which critiques our original research (Liska et al. 2009) published in the Journal of Industrial Ecology. ... The suggestion by Anex and Lifset (2009) that corn-ethanol does not reduce GHG emissions by 47% compared to gasoline, but instead by “somewhere between” 35 to 40%, is unsubstantiated.