The greenest of energy: inedible biofuels

Summary:  Using bioengineered enzymes to convert grasses growing on marginal land is the next big thing in biofuels -- biofuels that do not reduce food production.  Here is a brief and current summary.  Great promise, potentially a valuable component to replace conventional oil.  But (as usual) nothing like promised by the more euphoric promoters.  From Wikipedia: … Continue reading The greenest of energy: inedible biofuels

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An urban legend to comfort America: alternative energy will save us

Summary: This is post #5 in a series examining "urban legends" about energy that comfort Americans. There are solutions, but not the easy ones in which so many Americans have confidence. This is the last post in a series examining 5 “urban legends” about energy that comfort Americans.  I.      Our massive reserves of unconventional oil. II.    … Continue reading An urban legend to comfort America: alternative energy will save us

A snapshot of our engines of innovation, as they develop new energy sources

Here are six of the dozens of new companies working to develop one type of new energy source (biofuels). This does not mean that we can ignore peak oil. It does mean that we can avoid planning for peak oil.  It does not even mean that than any of these projects will achieve commercial success on … Continue reading A snapshot of our engines of innovation, as they develop new energy sources