Our George Seldes says
Whether you care about the phony issue of "energy independence," the very real issue of global warming, or you are concerned with preparing for an energy scarce future after peak oil, the result is the same: money spent subsidizing biofuels could be far better spent on other things that pay off far better for your goals.
There are some interesting estimates of the energy value of corn ethanol, canola diesel and cellulosic ethanol. It would have been interesting to see a comparison of using biomass to generate steam and then electricity as another alternative. Has anyone got any data on this?
It's hard to disagree with George's suggestions for cheap easy ways to reduce the impact of cars on the environment in his state. One thing that is strange is the idea of gas station attendants, the pace of life in Oregon sounds much more pleasant than central London. Why can't cars have sensors fitted that display tyre pressure to the driver? Any suggestions?