Biofuel boom echoes in rural areas

Biofuel boom echoes in rural areas

By BILL VIRGIN

SeattlePI.com

You may not know much about Washington’s Lincoln County. You may not have known that Washington even has a Lincoln County, much less where it is (due west of Spokane), its county seat (Davenport) or its economic base (wheat, second in the state for the number of acres planted).

But you might want to care what’s happening in Lincoln County, and hundreds of places like it around the country, especially if you have a motor vehicle that you would like to function as more than a large and expensive lawn ornament.

It’s in places such as Lincoln County where the alternative-fuel revolution is happening. Stands to reason — those are the places where the feedstock for biodiesel and ethanol plants is grown (or, in the case of port cities such as Aberdeen, where it’s imported).

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