Category Archives: Biofuels

Biofuel distribution wastes valuable diesel fuel

Biofuels can’t use the existing refined petroleum distribution pipeline system, by far the cheapest way to move fuel — 17.5 times cheaper than truck, 5 times less than rail, 2.25 times less than barge, on average (Curley), so delivery of … Continue reading

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

Alice Friedemann. 2007. Peak Soil: Why Biofuels are Not Sustainable and a Threat to America’s National Security. Last update: June 16, 2015  [Shorter versions: Jacqueline Langwith, ed. 2008.  “Opposing Viewpoints: Renewable Energy, vol. 2.” Greenhaven Press; Sheila Newman, ed. 2008. … Continue reading

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Energy generation water consumption

[Notice how much water biofuels use, especially soybeans for biodiesel] Notes from 21 page: Working Document of the NPC Future Transportation Fuels Study. Topic Paper #31 Water Usage. July 17, 2012 by John Wind and Ray Dums       … Continue reading

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Commercial scale cellulosic ethanol still not happening in 2015 – why?

Congress mandated that 100 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol be produced by 2010, but the first few companies that tried and announced success, have gone out of business. The few companies that claim they’re about to succeed, like $275 million … Continue reading

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New land converted to cropland to grow biofuel crops equal to 34 coal-fired power plants

Summary of article below: Between 2008 and 2012 over 7 million acres new land, much of it grasslands, were converted to croplands, damaging native ecosystems, and mimics the extreme land-use change that led up to the Dust Bowl in the … Continue reading

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GAO on why ethanol, and other non-drop in fuels, face pipeline & installation at service station challenges

[The challenges that ethanol faces in being put into new or modified pipelines and added to gas stations are issues faced by all alternative fuels (methanol, CNG, LNG, DME, diesohol, CTL, hydrogen, and so on) in a transition from gasoline … Continue reading

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Biofuels do not scale up enough to power society

Richard, T. August 23, 2010. Challenges in scaling up biofuels infrastructure. Science. (329)   Below are excerpts from this paper.  Look at the impossible scale of biomass required: 150 EJ/year = 15 billion metric tons of plant biomass = 200 billion … Continue reading

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Biogas

Weißbach, D., et al. April 2013. Energy intensities, EROIs, and energy payback times of electricity generating power plants. Energy. Vol 52: 1, 210–221 Producing natural gas from maize growing, so-called biogas, is energetically expensive due to the large electricity needs … Continue reading

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Large agribusiness gets corporate welfare via illegal ethanol subsidies

What more proof is needed that the Energy Returned on Energy Invested of ethanol is negative?  They’re losing money and getting corporate welfare to keep the scam going, meanwhile destroying prime topsoil, poisoning the land with pesticides, and eutrophying the … 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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