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Boeing betting on tobacco as new aviation fuel source
07th August, 2014
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Boeing is getting into the tobacco business. The airplane maker is part of a joint venture to develop aviation fuel from a new, hybrid tobacco plant.
The goal is to cut carbon emissions and reduce the demand for petroleum-based fuel. Every year, the commercial aviation industry uses about 60 billion gallons of jet fuel.

"Boeing has been very deeply involved in the testing of bio-fuels, certainly, in our own planes but the biggest challenge for bio-fuel is that there is not enough of it around the world," said Boeing's Jessica Kowal.

Boeing is teaming up with South African Airways and alternative fuel maker Sky NRG to test-farm the new variety of tobacco plant.

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