Christopher D. Cook's work has appeared in Harper's, The Economist, the Christian Science Monitor and other publications. He is the author of Diet for a Dead Planet: Big Business and the Coming Food Crisis.
When president bush suddenly embraced wood chips and biofuels on national television, renewable energy producers received a prime-time injection of hope. Ethanol backers forecast a boon for farmers and the environment. Yet serious questions remain about whether ethanol merely enables our addiction to an unsustainable auto-centered society -- unless it's part of a broader shift in consumption and production.