Issue Date: December 3, 2007
Methanol is the lightest, simplest alcohol. Colorless and flammable, it is a somewhat poisonous, corrosive liquid with a slightly sweeter odor than ethanol. Once produced by collecting and distilling the vapor from burning wood, methanol is gaining ground as an alternative to petrochemical feedstocks and fuels—and it may provide an answer for what to do with excess CO2.
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