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When Life Gives You Opium, Make Biofuel

A U.S. ambassador is proposing a novel approach to helping Afghanistan -- since opium crops are rampant, why not find a way to turn poppies into biofuel?
August 11, 2010, 9am PDT | Tim Halbur
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ASLA's blog writes, "There would be multiple benefits to this approach - less illegal drugs, less money for narco-terrorism, less financial support for the Taliban, and reduced CO2 emissions. Given Afghanistan's energy needs are growing with increased economic development, Afghanistan will need to produce its own energy or import more expensive options. Grossman thinks the U.S. and NATO forces in the country could be the first potential customers of the poppy biodiesel if it proves to work."

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Published on Tuesday, August 10, 2010 in ASLA's The Dirt blog
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