Additional Resources on Cellulosic Ethanol, Agrofuels, and Related Topics
"Next Generation Biofuels": Bursting the New "Green" Bubble January 15, 2009.
The letter explains why large-scale industrial production of transport fuels and other energy from plants such as corn, sugar cane, oilseeds, trees, grasses, or so-called agricultural and woodland waste threatens forests, biodiversity, food sovereignty, community-based land rights and will worsen climate change. The letter's originators warn that if Obama's "New Green Economy" runs on agrofuels it may trap the U.S. in a dangerous "Green Bubble" of unrealistic promises from an unsustainable industry.
The True Cost of Agrofuels: Impacts on Food, Forests, People and Climate
This report is a comprehensive analysis of the many facets of the Agrofuels agenda covering issues of soil, corporate control and consolidation, water, plantations and pulp mills, fertilizer usage, Genetic Engineering, transportation, and climate change. The conclusion fleshes out pathways and solutions to meeting the challenges for which agrofuels are a false solution.
Biofuel Literature provided by Dr. Tad W Patzek
At his site, Dr. Tad Patzek of UC Berkeley Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has a wealth of his own peer reviewed reports and research along with links to other reports on Geoengineering and Biofuels. He has also created a FAQ & Answer page "to provide transparency and clarity to the public discourse on biofuels."
How GM Crops Destroy the Third World
Written by Lim Li Ching and brought to you by the Independent Science Panel (ISP), a panel of scientists from many disciplines, committed to the Promotion of Science for the Public Good. This page has case studies from Argentina, Indonesia, and India.
IEA throws a downer on second gen biofuels.
A pillar of energy orthodoxy, the IEA, has all but written off the potential for second generation biofuels in the next decade, and suggests the breakeven prices required will be quite high. "Overall, unless there is a technical breakthrough in either the biochemical or thermo-chemical routes that will significantly lower the production costs and accelerate investment and deployment, it is expected that successful commercialisation of 2 nd -generation biofuels will take another decade or so." The IEA also introduces useful text on the realities of first generation biofuels.