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COSTING THE EARTH
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Thursday 21:00-21:30
Costing the Earth tells stories which touch all our lives, looking at man's effect on the environment and at how the environment reacts. It questions accepted truths, challenges the people in charge and reports on progress towards improving the world we live in.
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TOM HEAP
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Thursday 12 May 2005
Peter Kendall and Jim Knuckles
The NFU learn from American farmers

Gas guzzling goes green

Our oil supply is dwindling and transport contributes to nearly a quarter of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions, could one solution be to grow our own fuel? For Costing the Earth, Tom Heap investigates whether we can run our cars on a home-grown fuel that can help save the planet.
The USA is streets ahead of Britain when it comes to green fuel. They are poised to be a world leader in a fuel that helps to keep the air clean, cuts global warming gases and provides a new market for hard-pressed farmers – bioethanol.
Peter Kendall fills up with E85
Peter Kendall from the NFU fills up with E85 - a fuel containing 85% bioethanol

British farmers are very excited about the potential of finding a substitute for petrol and a new market for their crops. Tom Heap follows a delegation from the National Farmers' Union as they tour the Mid-West, harvesting tips on green energy from their American counterparts.
In the UK, we could make enough bioethanol from our surplus wheat to satisfy nearly 5% of our petrol demand. Costing the Earth asks whether this fuel is really a green solution to a global problem.
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