September 17, 2007

HERE’S A REPORT ON THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE’S BIOFUELS INITIATIVE, which focuses on switchgrass and other cellulosic ethanol: “Although the five million gallons expected to be derived from the Vonore facility would make it the largest cellulosic ethanol plant in the country, its output is just a drop in the bucket in relation to 150 billion gallons of annual U.S. gasoline consumption. The Bush administration’s goal is to increase biofuels production to 35 billion gallons by 2017, with an ever-increasing portion derived from cellulosic ethanol.” I’m not sure about ethanol, but I’m sure that cellulosic ethanol is going to be better than corn-based ethanol, which is a complete waste.

Here’s more on the sustainability of switchgrass ethanol. And more on biofuels generally, here.

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