I've written a few papers on the topic of biofuels and have taken a few classes relating to them. The problem is that I can come up for good arguments for promoting them and with arguments for why they are a bad idea
- They tend to burn more cleanly than carbon based fuels.
- By promoting biofuels you will be raising the prices for grain to the point where agricultural subsidies will no longer be necissary and we can quit dumping our excess grain on third world countries and ruining thier agricultural sector.
- They would lessen our dependence on foreign oil.
- It's an easier "clean" fuel to obtain and produce than most other types on the market.
- Many types of biofuel production use waste products that would otherwise just decompose, releasing carbon in it's own.
- Inefficiency of producing most types of biofuels (with the exception of biofuels produced from sugar rich materials such as sugar cane and sugar beets)- many types are so inefficient to produce that outside sources of power are needed to produce the ethanol, defeating the purpose somewhat by using "unclean" power to produce "clean" power.
- Increase in food costs due to the fact that a large amount of food products being used in the production of fuel.
- Ethanol is less efficient for running a vehicle than carbon based fuels are.
- Having to change over vehicle types to be able to use ethanol at all.
I can come up with more arguments on either side as well, but I wish to keep this more brief (which I'm failing miserably at).
I wanted to know what you guys think about this. I'm hoping that there is some information out there that may actually push me in one way or another on this issue! Thanks!