Sunday, April 30, 2006

Turning to plants for fuel

Asia is turning to plants for fuel There is a growing surge of interest in Asia to develop crops and infrastructure to supply plant based oil to the biodiesel industry. This is potentially very good, as it turns oil from a fossil fuel to a renewable fuel. But, as I've covered before on this site, the picture isn't all rosy.

e.g. "One criticism of biofuels is that if you want to go from 2 percent to 20 percent, you would have to direct so much of that agriculture from food to fuel that there would be real competition between the two," By diverting cropland from growing food to growing oil, it threatens food supplies. Well, it will threaten food supplies "later" when the biofuel production becomes significant enough.

Some fuel options are hard to find discusses the biofuel of choice in the U.S. -- Ethanol. Ethanol is more compatible with the majority of vehicles in the U.S. since it's more like gasoline. Ethanol is also produced from the politically connected corn industry.