The US Senate passed a resolution aimed at producing 25% of the nation's energy from renewable resources by 2025. (Hattip to the Bioconversion Blog). That's great but
they should add a further 25 to this, to reduce the amount of energy used in transportation in the US by 25% by the same time.
All of these goals are aspirational, I doubt very much that 25x25 is achievable. Is there any point in trying to simply substitute renewable fuel for fossil fuels, if we are simply going to change the problem from dependence on oil to dependence on food/crops unless we tackle the underlying demand for energy in transportation?
Co-sponsor, Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL), said:
"addressing the climate crisis is one of the greatest challenges America faces today. Any comprehensive strategy to fight climate change must include a strong renewable energy standard in addition to a low carbon fuel standard, raised fuel economy standards, and incentives to promote efficiency. This bipartisan resolution will make an unprecedented goal for producing 25 percent of America's energy from renewable sources by 2025."
Not bad Barak but you could do better.