"Bad Mileage: 98 tons of plants per gallon"

David R. Hershey dh321 at excite.com
Wed Nov 3 20:04:52 EST 2004

I come across this article when answering a student question about what
plants are used to make cars. It estimates that 98 tons (90 metric tons)
of ancient plant matter is required to produce one gallon of gasoline.


Here's the original article:

Dukes, J.S. 2003. Burning buried sunshine: human consumption of ancient
solar energy. Climatic Change, 61(1-2): 31-44.

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