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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Filed Under: algae, biodiesel, biofuel, carbon sequestration, corn waste, energy, fossil fuels, hydrocarbons, renewable energy
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  1. identicon
    Hank Roberts, 24 Apr 2014 @ 10:20am

    Nobody listens to Cassandra, but this bears repeating

    Castro tossed the mob out of Cuba and closed the casinos.
    The US banned sugar from Cuba; that boosted corn syrup.
    The corn industry grew big enough to lobby the government.
    The refineries repurposed MTBE, a toxic waste, as a smog-reducing gasoline additive; so MTBE got into the groundwater: oops!
    Ethanol replaced MTBE in gasoline to reduce smog.
    Corn ethanol refinery businesses got big enough to lobby the government.
    Corn turned out to be a bad feedstock for ethanol for many reasons.
    The refineries, wanting to keep refining, look for other plants to stew up to make ethanol: aha, switchgrass! poplar!

    What's wrong with this picture?


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