Category Archives: Biofuels

Peak Soil: Why Biofuels are Not Sustainable and a Threat to America’s National Security

Alice Friedemann.  2007.   Last updated April 18, 2014 “The nation that destroys its soil destroys itself”, President Franklin D. Roosevelt There’s growing public attention from the people, all the way on down to the President, about biomass potential for energy.  … Continue reading

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Biomass Electricity More Polluting Than Coal and Waste Incinerators

Trees, Trash, and Toxics: How Biomass Energy Has Become the New Coal Mary S. Booth, PhD Partnership for Policy Integrity April 2 , 2014 Executive Summary Highlights Because of a perfect storm of lax regulation and regulatory rollbacks , biomass … Continue reading

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One gallon of gas = 98 tons of ancient plants

Bad Mileage: 98 tons of plants per gallon. Study shows vast amounts of ‘buried sunshine’ needed to fuel society. Dukes, J.S. 2003. Burning buried sunshine: human consumption of ancient solar energy. Climatic Change, 61(1-2): 31-44 A staggering 98 tons of … Continue reading

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Dozens of reasons why Algae will never replace oil

Algae The best use for algae is not biofuels but as a way to store the carbon dioxide from coal power plants, as described in Benemann’s 2003 “Biofixation of CO2 and Greenhouse gas abatement with microalgae – Technology Roadmap. This … Continue reading

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Germany National Academy of Sciences report: Don’t use biofuels

Science magazine mentioned this study, below is my summary of it 26 Jul 2012.  Bioenergy — Chances and Limits. German National Academy of Science (Leopoldina Nationale Akademie der Wissenschaften). Page 30-56 English Version. A major motivations for using bioenergy is … Continue reading

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Ethanol is Explosive

Oil and natural gas can be cheaply distributed by pipeline, but ethanol must move by very expensive truck or train. 6 Feb 2011. Ohio train derailment prompts evacuations. CNN. 7 Oct 2011. Freight Train Derailment in Illinois Prompts Evacuations.   Associated … Continue reading

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Analyzing energy breakthroughs: a skeptical look at seaweed ethanol

There is a constant barrage of positive news stories about breakthroughs in alternative energy resources — batteries, biofuels, wind, and so on.  This lulls the majority of people into complacency, even those who know about the energy crisis, because it … Continue reading

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Biofuel Updates

Articles that honestly discuss the failure of biofuels are rare.  The best summary of why they are the most environmentally destructive and require more energy to make than the end result is in my paper Peak Soil. Also see why … Continue reading

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