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Department
Geography
Course
Geography 3422A/B
Professor
Milford Green
Semester
Fall

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Throw a Log on the Refinery 11/18/2012 11:33:00 AM Highlights:  KiOR Inc plant in Mississippi will start selling gasoline made from wood putting the firm ahead in a race to be the first in the U.S. company to make large quantities of renewable fuel from a source that isn't food o KiOR's technology uses chemicals to "crack" away oxygen atoms in wood, leaving hydrogen and carbon o Those elements are the building blocks for oil, which the company then refines into gasoline or diesel fuel  Under a 2007 law, U.S. refiners and fuel importers must blend rising amounts of renewable fuels into gasoline, and by 2022 must use 36 billion gallons of renewable fuels in the national fuel supply that year o The law caps corn-ethanol production at 15 billion gallons per year starting in 2015 and mandates that "advanced biofuels," mostly from inedible plants like the wood chips KiOR intends to use for its gasoline, account for the rest o So far, the corn-ethanol industry has done its part, building more than 13 billion gallons of annual capacity, most gasoline sold in the U.S. today contains 10% ethanol o Other forms of plan
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