A very informative article. The author seems to assume that the biofuel product of interest is ethanol. Perhaps Butanol, the C4 Alcohol is a better choice. It can be produced in analogous fashion to ethanol, but using a bacterial species rather than yeast.
posted by William Richards
August 16, 2009 @ 9:29 PM
This article raises some very important issues. But it does not estimate what percentage of the current energy of fossil fuel use could be replaced by biofuels. One number I recall is that one year of petroleum consumption equals 400 years of total biomass production for planet Earth. So biofuels will be a drop-in-the-bucket, even if the global population and economy sink to much lower levels.
Foster Morrison 9/26/2009
posted by Foster Morrison
September 26, 2009 @ 3:37 PM
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