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Energy Future of Liquid Fuel: The Why Corn Ethanol Is a Fuel's Errand
     

Energy Future of Liquid Fuel: The Why Corn Ethanol Is a Fuel's Errand

by Robert U. Ayres
 

This Element is an excerpt from Crossing the Energy Divide (ISBN: 9780137015443) by Robert U. Ayres and Edward H. Ayres. Available in print and digital formats.

 

Why biofuels won’t work--except for gigantic agribusinesses and their lobbyists.

 

If the entire U.S. corn crop were converted to ethanol, the

Overview

This Element is an excerpt from Crossing the Energy Divide (ISBN: 9780137015443) by Robert U. Ayres and Edward H. Ayres. Available in print and digital formats.

 

Why biofuels won’t work--except for gigantic agribusinesses and their lobbyists.

 

If the entire U.S. corn crop were converted to ethanol, the aggregate reduction in total fossil fuel (gasoline) energy consumption would be just 2.4%. Considering that we still want our corn flakes, pork chops (corn feeds hogs), and cooking oil, any realistic level of crop consumption for fuels would do virtually nothing to end U.S. dependence on foreign oil.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780132466028
Publisher:
Pearson Education
Publication date:
12/15/2009
Series:
FT Press Delivers Elements
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
10
File size:
258 KB

Meet the Author

Robert U. Ayres is Emeritus Professor of Economics and Political Science and Technology Management at INSEAD, where he became the first Novartis Chair of Management and the Environment, and founder of the Centre for the Management of Environmental Resources (CMER). His research interests include industrial ecology, environmental policy and technology evaluation, economic growth and environmental regulation, environmental economics, and eco-restructuring.

 

Edward H. Ayres, founder of Running Times and former editor of World Watch, is author of God's Last Offer: Negotiating for a Sustainable Future.

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