CO2, biofuels and emissions – A snapshot


As this piece is being written, there remains little progress on the climate change and energy bills in which many have held a great deal of hope here in the US, with respect to significant federal mandates limiting carbon emissions, as well as federal incentives toward assistance in the development of cellulosic ethanol technologies & projects.

Although a significant amount of money has been poured into biofuels technology and developments, sequestration alternatives and allied projects – mostly via stimulus funding – this is short lived in terms of the source of this funding.

As the Renewable Fuels Association has long stated, federal incentives are needed to further the course of cellulosic technologies and working-scale projects, in order to precipitate the development of these ventures in the near term.

It is only logical to consider the need to use renewable feedstocks from crops, trees, and allied organic materials for production of fuels that supplement (and long-term replace) fossil fuels; from a sustainability perspective alone. This ultimately represents survival of the planet, from an environmental point of view, as well as a need to address energy independence for the US, EU, and other global regions.

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