How do second-generation biofuels work?

Author's Note

I have written numerous articles on renewable energy sources, including biofuels. During that time, I have become convinced that no one source of energy will slake our thirst for fossil fuel. Instead, a combination of sources, from solar power to wind energy, to fuel made from plants, offers the best alternative to saving the world from climate change, which we humans have caused. It will take some time to bring down the cost of renewable energy fuel production so it can become affordable to use. I'm heartened that scientists across the globe are working on the problem.

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