August 2012

Trends and Resources

HP Impact: Comparing land use impacts for petroleum and biofuels

The biofuels industry claims its fuel is unfairly singled out by potential regulatory policies that focus on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with land use change. It argues that petroleum al..

Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The biofuels industry claims its fuel is unfairly singled out by potential regulatory policies that focus on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with land use change. It argues that petroleum also causes land use change impacts and should be similarly judged in any such regulatory scheme. In an effort to contribute to the scientific analysis of this debate, an international research team, led by University of California–Davis research engineer Sonia Yeh, has published one of the first estimates of land use change GHG emissions from petroleum production. The team’s findings conclude that emissions released from land disturbed by certain fossil fuel extraction methods can be c

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