DailyDirt: The Growing Pains Of Biofuels

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So far, grabbing fossil fuels out of the ground has been an unbeatable way to get cheap energy. Since fossil fuels (presumably) come from decaying dinosaurs (and their contemporaries), it makes some sense that growing biofuels might be a way to generate a more renewable source of energy. Unfortunately, biofuel projects haven't quite demonstrated an obviously better way to replace fossil fuels. Here are just a few links to some biofuel info that could lead to more environmentally friendly fuels. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.
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    Brazilian Guy, 24 Apr 2014 @ 3:51am

    Yes, biofuels mostly contribute by not increasing the net amount of carbon at atmosphere. The biggest trouble they bring is that they innevitably take one resource (food) and turn it into another resource (fuel). Even the corn crops remain have an important role as a source either of nutrients for the ground or as usual, being used to feed cattle, whose dejects and other remains are then used in the ground fertilization. At least, we do in most of third world.

    The real gamechanger is the incoming new capacitors able to compete with the contemporary battery technologies. The greatest trouble of energy sources alternative to fossil fuels is the easiness of storage of fossil fuels. Now if artificial diamond or graphene production had a better energy ratio, we could end up burning then and removing CO2 from atmosphere without much trouble, just taking advantage of contemporary solar and wind energy technologies.

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