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In my opinion, ethanol will NOT rule the fuel world!!! instead, i think we will see heavier use of OTHER forms of renewable energy…solar, wind, and water. what's good 4 consumers is good 4 corporations, 2!!!

Good Example:

In my opinion, ethanol will not rule the fuel world. Instead, I think we will see heavier use of other forms of renewable energy: solar, wind, and water. What's good for consumers is good for corporations, too.

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