By Frank Williams Jr.

Alaska Airlines made history on Monday when they flew the first commercial flight using the world’s first renewable, alternative jet fuel. And this stuff is made from the limbs and branches left over after managed forests are harvested.

And the effects of using this alternative fuel are huge. If the airline could replace just 20% of their fuel supply at Seattle-Tacoma Airport with this biofuel, it would cut greenhouse gas emissions by around 142,000 metric tons. That’s basically like taking 30,000 cars and trucks off the road for a year!

“Today’s flight comes after years of investments to help the aviation biofuels industry take off,” says U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell. “By creating these sustainable biofuels, we will revitalize our rural agricultural communities, foster economic growth, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and cut our dependence on foreign oil while growing our competitiveness in global markets.”

Source: Washington State University News


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