Now that the EPA public comment period on its most recent RFS volume proposal has closed, I thought a reminder of some of the reasons why biofuels are a key part of America’s energy future might be useful.
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In 1925, when auto pioneer Henry Ford hailed biofuels as the “fuel of the future” he was echoing a sentiment that was shared widely within the automotive industry.
Last week, Brazil’s largest sugar exporter Raízen hosted the 36th and current President of Brazil Dilma Vana Rousseff at the opening ceremony for their first cellulosic ethanol plant. The plant is a bolt-on facility to Raízen’s existing Costa Pinto sugar cane mill in Piracicaba, São Paulo.
In the past few years, an intense debate about the benefits and risks associated with biofuels has emerged around the world. Specifically, there are opposing views of their effect on greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions in transport, energy dependency, and rural development.