The Ethanol Effect
The Ethanol Effect was produced by the team behind Detroit Public Television’s Alfred I. DuPont/Columbia University Award-winning series Beyond the Light Switch.
From Iowa's farm fields to Washington's corridors of power, and from the algae-choked surface of the Great Lakes to the poisoned depths of the Gulf of Mexico, The Ethanol Effect investigates the human, environmental and political costs of growing and refining corn for ethanol in America.
Our guide through the tangled web of ethanol’s influence is David Biello. Follow Biello as he untangles the web of ethanol's unexpected influence on our daily in The Ethanol Effect.
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The Ethanol Effect The Ethanol Effect investigates the various costs of refining corn for ethanol in America.
How To Make Ethanol
Christopher Bausch, Director of Business Development at POET, explains the process of creating ethanol.
What Is Ethanol
David Biello, Senior Reporter of Energy and Environment for Scientific American, explains the technology used to make ethanol.
POET Ethanol Plant helped rejuvenate the local economy in the small town of Caro, Michigan.
Will ethanol fuel caucus voters in corn country Iowa?
Ethanol took center stage in Iowa last week. Originally aired on PBS Newshour 1/28/16.
The Ethanol Effect: Nascar
How can ethanol change racing at Daytona 500? David Biello explores this question in this clip.
The Ethanol Effect: Candidates
Ethanol could become a wedge issue across the corn belt as candidates choose their side.
How Do You Make Ethanol?
How hard is it to make ethanol?
Trump Hearts Ethanol
Where do the Presidential candidates stand on energy and particularly on fuel ethanol?
Emily Cassidy On Ethanol
Research Emily Cassidy weighs the pros and cons of ethanol in our fuel supply.
Captain Paul on Lake Erie
David Biello gets a look at what big agriculture is doing to the water.
Solar Collector Panels | The Ethanol Effect
Corn as solar collectors?
What is the RFS?
How did ethanol get in our gasoline? David Biello explains.
The Ogallala Aquifer
What's the problem with growing corn in Kansas? They're running out of water.
David Yepsen On Ethanol
David Yepsen sets the scene regarding the power ethanol in the Iowa Caucuses.
Ethanol: Bad for the Planet?
David Biello explains the trade-offs to consider regarding Big Agriculture.
Jeff Broin on Electric Cars
The CEO of POET, the leading producer of ethanol, speaks.
Jean Jennings On Ethanol
What does one of Detroit's top automotive reporters think about ethanol?
Who Gets More Subsidies?
David Biello has a simple question for Big Agriculture and Big Oil.
The Ethanol Effect - Preview
David Biello introduces new documentary, "The Ethanol Effect."
Dried Distillers Grains
Dried distillers grains? How does that work?
We’ve got a lot of choices to make. Gasoline? Electric? But what about more ethanol?
Food Versus Fuel
Food or fuel? Or both? What should we do?
Jason Hill On Ethanol
Why is Jason Hill of the University of Minnesota coming down hard on ethanol?
SciTech Now: Renewable Cellulosic Ethanol
Innovative efforts to develop renewable cellulosic ethanol processes.