Past Event

Crosscurrents: Ethanol, Oil, and Water in Western Illinois

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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?

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


  • Lance Factor, Ph.D. – George Appleton Lawrence Distinguished Service Professor of Philosophy, Departments of Philosophy and Environmental Studies, Knox College
  • Christopher Lant, Ph.D. – Professor, UCOWR Executive Director, Environmental Resources and Policy Co-director, Department of Geography and Environmental Resources, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
  • Jim Purlee – Farmer
  • Sabina L. Shaikh, Ph.D. – Lecturer, Public Policy and Program on Global Environment, University of Chicago Senior Research Economist, RCF Economic Consulting (moderator)

This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required. For more information, call 312.422.5580.

This event is presented in partnership with Augustana College.

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.