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Jet fuel from oilseeds emits less greenhouse gas


Camelina is considered well-suited to Montana and other arid Northern Plains states because it needs little water. Terrance Scott with the aircraft manufacturer Boeing says camelina is one of a handful of crops with the potential to provide sufficient “feedstock” to make large quantities of jet fuel.

However, the industry has struggled to attract growers willing to switch to the crop. Also, falling oil prices have dampened its economic appeal.

The greenhouse gas emissions study was done by the Sustainable Futures Institute at Michigan Technological University. It was funded by the camelina industry and conducted with jet fuel from camelina seeds developed by a Bozeman company, Sustainable Oils.

USA Today

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