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This rainforest is the planet’s lungs. It is key to keeping 28 21st CENTURY SKILLS LIBRARY the atmosphere healthy all over the planet because the trees help clean pollution out of the air. Plus, the leftover tree waste is a problem. Termites love it, and we all know that termites produce a lot of methane! Why should Americans want bio-fuels? There are several reasons. One is that we don’t have enough petroleum in our country to meet our earning & nnovation Skills I In 1973, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) cut off oil sales to Western nations.

Petersen, Christine. Alternative Energy (True Books). New York: Children’s Press, 2004. Povey, Karen D. Biofuels (Our Environment). San Diego: KidHaven Press, 2006. Roa, Michael L. Environmental Science Activities Kit: Ready-To-Use Lessons, Labs and Worksheets for Grades 7–12. West Nyack, NY: Center for Applied Research in Education, Jossey-Bass Press, 1993. doe. org/ POWER UP! Bio-fuels 31 Index air pollution, 5, 9, 29 bio-deisel, 6 bio-fuels, 5 bio-methane, 6, 27 animals creating, 17, 24 collecting methane, 20–22 greenhouse gas, 15–16 landfills and, 18, 23 rice and, 18–19 biomass, 5 Brazil, 12, 26–28 byproducts, 14 capacity, 12 catalyst, 7 coal, 5, 25–26 cooking oil, 7 corn, 4, 5, 12 cows, 17, 24 landfills, 12, 18, 23 manure, 5, 17, 22, 24 Mexico, 6 Model T automobile, 10–11 termites, 17, 29 Texas, 22 tidal power, 5 Venezuela, 6 wheat, 10 wind power, 5 natural gas, 25 New York, 22 Nigeria, 6 permafrost, 16 petroleum, 4, 6, 24, 29 plastic, 14 rainforest, 28–29 recycling programs, 23 rice, 18–19, 22 decompose, 18 deisel engines, 8 Deisel, Rudolph, 8 erosion of soil, 14 ethanol, 6, 11–14, 27–29 fermented sugar, 11 Ford, Henry, 10–11 gasoline, 11 greenhouse gas, 15–16, 25 Saudi Arabia, 6 sewage, 20–21 solar power, 5 soybeans, 5 spontaneous fires, 18 sugar, 11 sugar cane, 5, 26–27 Sweden, 26–27 switchgrass, 13–14 About the Author Frank Muschal lives in Chicago with his elderly cat, Agatha.

Altogether, bio-fuels are good for us and our planet. POWER UP! Bio-fuels 29 Glossary bio-diesel (BAHY-oh DEE-suhl) fuel for diesel engines produced from crops such as corn, wheat, etc. bio-fuels (BAHY-oh FYOO-uhlz) types of fuels made from crops, trash, etc. biomass (BAHY-oh-mas) large amount of material that will be used to make bio-fuel bio-methane (BAHY-oh METH-eyn) specific type of methane fuel made from bio-fuels byproducts (bahy-PROD-uhkts) products that occur incidentally during the purposeful manufacture of another product capacity (kuh-PAS-i-tee) maximum amount that a container can hold catalyst (KAT-l-ist) substance that speeds up a chemical reaction between other substances without being changed itself decompose (dee-kuhm-POHZ) to break down from a complex organism into its more basic forms erosion (i-ROH-zhuhn) washing away of topsoil by moving water ethanol (ETH-uh-nawl) colorless, flammable liquid that can be used as a bio-fuel fermented (fer-MENT-ed) chemically changed by microorganisms permafrost (PUR-muh-frawst) permanently frozen soil that covers about 85 percent of Alaska and more than half of Canada and Russia petroleum (puh-TROH-lee-uhm) oil below the Earth’s crust that can be refined into gasoline and other products recycling programs (ree-SAHY-kuhl-ng PROH-grams) official plans to collect and reuse certain types of trash spontaneous (spon-TEY-nee-uhs) occurring without any apparent outside cause 30 21st CENTURY SKILLS LIBRARY Additional Resources Books Gifford, Clive.

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