National Research Council: Biofuels Costly, Impacts Questionable

Richard Ha writes:

Cellulosic biofuel projects have been a financial disaster for U.S. taxpayers.

From Robert Rapier's Energy blog:

NRC Report to Congress: Cellulosic Biofuel Mandates Unlikely to Be Met

A congressionally requested study by the National Research Council — an arm of the National Academy of Sciences — concluded that next-generation biofuels are costly, and their impacts questionable. “Absent major technological innovation or policy changes, the … mandated consumption of 16 billion gallons of ethanol-equivalent cellulosic biofuels is unlikely to be met in 2022,” the report stated. This conclusion should come as no surprise to readers of R-Squared Energy, as its author Robert Rapier covered this in a recent article: Cellulosic Ethanol Targets: Mandating the Nonexistent. Read the rest

You can learn about this and other important liquid fuel subjects at the Association for the Study of Peak Oil (ASPO) conference, which will be held November 2 – 5 in Washington, D.C. I highly recommend decision makers send people to this conference.

I'll be representing the County of Hawai‘i at this year's conference, my fourth time attending. Mahalo to Mayor Billy Kenoi. He knows what is going on.