Monday, November 18, 2013

Study To Determine If Trees Killed By Bugs Could Fuel Cars

This couled be pretty cool if it works out. We have an epidemic in the west of trees killed by beetles. But those trees may not have to go to waste now. A new $10 million, five-year research program will study if beetle-killed trees can be turned into biofuel for cars and trucks. And in the process, it could help cut the risk of forest fires.

NBC News looks at what it would take to make it happen.

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