Past Event

Crosscurrents: Ethanol, Oil, and Water in Southern Illinois

Oil and water intersect in different ways at the production of ethanol. Ethanol shows promise as a replacement for fossil fuels, yet requires significant water and land resources to produce.

What is the promise of ethanol and what are its limitations? How does producing ethanol influence the supply and demand for water? What are the environmental and ethical choices involved in the making of ethanol? 

Crosscurrents will examine the promises and limitations of ethanol and the environmental and ethical questions involved in increased ethanol production.


  • Christopher Lant, Ph.D. – Professor, UCOWR Executive Director, Environmental Resources and Policy Co-director, Department of Geography and Environmental Resources, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
  • John Caupert – Director, National Corn-To-Ethanol Research Center, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
  • Kenneth Stikkers, Ph.D. – Professor, Department of Philosophy, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
  • Ira Altman, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor, Department of Agribusiness Economics, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required. For more information, email

This event is presented in partnership with the Southern Illinois University Carbondale Department of Geography and Environmental Resources and the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute.

Lead sponsorship for All-Consuming is provided by the Motorola Foundation and The Boeing Company, with additional support provided by  Illinois American Water.
Chicago Public Radio and Illinois Channel are the media sponsors.