Ethanol is niether the perfect nor permanent answer to our energy challenge

But the truth is, corn ethanol is neither the perfect nor the permanent answer to our energy challenge. There are legitimate economic and ecological concerns about an over-reliance on corn-based ethanol. And even if we double or triple its production, it won’t replace even a tenth of our demand for gasoline. That’s why we must invest in the next generation of advanced biofuels like cellulosic ethanol that can be made from things like switchgrass and woodchips. The struggling paper mills in New Hampshire would be back in business if they could use wood to produce biofuels. We should set a goal to produce the first two billion gallons of advanced biofuels by 2013. And we should make sure that more local farms and local refineries have the chance to be a part of this new industry.

Not me. That was Senator Barak Obama, husting away as a presidential candidate in the US and talking about Real Leadership for a Clean Energy Future on Monday, October 8th, 2007 Portsmouth, New Hampshire. It is good to see him talking about cellulosic fuels from waste wood products. Hats off to Gristmill for the whole speech.

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