Bill Cliniton, sometime US president, has been talking at the National Clean Energy Summit, in Las Vegas, last night. According to earth2tech, in 10 Things the US Government should do for clean power he said:
We need to accelerate the move from corn-based ethanol to moresustainable biofuels. The conversion ratio is twice as good, but theenzyme process is twice as expensive. Many of the corn ethanol plantscan be easily modified to produce cellulosic ethanol from the waste offarm crops. We can’t continue to raise the price of food and skewproduction patterns. It seems worth it to have differential taxincentives to do this right.
We should consider doing a joint investment with Brazil, potentiallyin the Caribbean, which would import sugar cane-based ethanol into theU.S, but it would not be subject to the tax that is placed on the restof Brazilian ethanol. It might not be politically feasible, Clintonadded.
This is part of a speech for the audience, its unlikely, in my opinion, that it would be politically possible to import cheap ethanol to the US from Brazil, even if there was a joint project between the countries in a third Caribbean nation.
Clinton also sugests
Biofuels are also just a transition to electric and hybrid cars. Wehave this electric vehicle technology today, and it’s made in America.The technology would probably require larger tax credits, but it wouldbe worth it because the prices for electronics would immediately drop –think the iPhone or a flat screen TVs.
So the interest in Biofuels could only be there for the medium term. This idea is pretty much pie in the sky until battery technology improves and there is an environmentally acceptable carbon free route to electricity generation.
He doesn’t explicitly, according to this report, speak about the need for automotive efficiency, which is a missed opportunity.