combustion equivalent

com·bus·tion e·quiv·a·lent

the heat value of a gram of carbohydrate or fat oxidized outside the body.
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A price tag of pounds 97,500 on a vehicle indicates a fair chance that it is not going to be the internal combustion equivalent of a hair shirt.
Stockpile biomass carbon and you also stockpile fuel, the combustion equivalent of burying toxic waste.