Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Boo-urns To Ethanol

There was a good article on Bloomberg yesterday which basically explained how inefficient and pointless the idea of Ethanol production as an alternative to gasoline consumption really is. Couple this with research from Cornell University and the University of California-Berkeley which found that in terms of energy output biofuels require, at best, 27 percent more fossil energy than the actual fuel produced.

So basically producing ethanol does virtually no good in regards to transitioning the United States to renewable energies.

Here is what I think is the best bet for a solution.
  1. Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles as opposed to E85 Flex-Fuel Vehicles or current Hybrid Vehicles.
  2. Implementation of a national (and eventually international) Cap-and-Trade System.
  3. The development and implementation of some type of Carbon Capture and Storage System.
  4. National legislation that is similar to recently passed Minnesota Legislation which sets a renewable energy requirement of 25 percent or higher by 2025.

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