One day, we hope, biofuels or some other Jetson-esque technology will become the norm for our green-friendly cars, trucks, and SUVs. But until then, reporters must continue to push beyond bold claims that every biofuel start-up is the one and only solution to our oil dependence. Journalists should go further than merely questioning these companies’ funding or technological plausibility. They should also provide some idea as to how much of an impact the technology will make, and whether it really will save the earth, like most of the companies claim. The NAS is asking policymakers to take a look at biofuel efficiency. We’re asking reporters to do the same.

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Sanhita Reddy is a former Observatory intern currently living in Brazil on a Fulbright scholarship, studying the media sources people use to find health information.