Is the Iowa renewable energy boom about to burst? According to the Gazett, ethanol producers have scaled back production in recent months, and wind energy machinery manufactures have been forced to lay off hundreds of workers across the state as production stalled. Over the last decade, ethanol production in Iowa has boomed.
The only thing standing in the way of increased production is the anti-drilling and fracking activists. Environmental concerns regarding fracking has caused the government to investigate and place heavy regulations on the fracking process. The investigations of regulations have caused production to slow down. While alternative energy source, natural gas, is still a fossil fuel, it produces half of the carbon emissions that traditional fossil fuels.