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Do the following natural resources produce renewable or non-renewable energy? Click and drag your answer in the blank next to each resource.
One way agriculture in Minnesota is creating energy is through corn power. 10% of gasoline that you use to power a car is made up of ethanol, which comes from corn! Unlike fossil fuels, corn is a renewable resource (if we need more corn, we can plant more corn), and in Minnesota, we can grow a lot of corn. Plus, ethanol burns a lot cleaner than gasoline which also helps keep our air cleaner.
Another way Minnesota agriculture is helping the environment is by producing biodiesel fuel. Many big trucks and buses are powered by diesel, which is not good for the environment. Biodiesel on the other hand, is a much cleaner fuel. In Minnesota, most biodiesel is made from soybeans. Biodiesel is also a renewable resource because it comes from soybeans that can be grown every year.
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Cause and effect is when something happens (cause), which causes something else to happen (effect). Read the text and look at the images on this page to find examples of cause and effect that can occur from using natural resources to create energy.
Example: Minnesota farmers use the natural resources soil, water and sunlight, to grow corn that is used to produce ethanol (cause). Energy is created without using fossil fuels and farmers work to protect natural resources so they can continue to grown corn (effect).