February 2010

Trends and Resources

HP Impact: HPImpact: Taking a long, hard look at ethanol

The production and use of biofuels is increasing. Ethanol in particular is the lead biofuel in the US, but question have begun to emerge regarding whether ethanol and other biofuels have an overall po..

Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The production and use of biofuels is increasing. Ethanol in particular is the lead biofuel in the US, but question have begun to emerge regarding whether ethanol and other biofuels have an overall positive environmental impact, and if the high cost of implementing and producing biofuels is really beneficial. The Baker Institute for Public Policy of Rice University recently undertook an analysis of the biofuels program in the US. The report parsed the different government regulations, requirements and subsidies that emerged from the Energy Policy Act of 2005. It also examined logistical and economic challenges to incorporating biofuels into the US' gasoline pool. Subsidies and tax credits.

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