The Economic and Practical Outlook for Biofuels Analytical Essay by Nicky

The Economic and Practical Outlook for Biofuels
Presents a literature review to examine the economic and practical future of biofuels.
# 129002 | 2,025 words | 10 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Aug 24, 2010 in Environmental Studies (Management) , Biology (Biotechnology)

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This paper stresses that the world's dependency upon petroleum and other fossil fuels comprises an energy scenario that cannot be sustained; therefore, the development and endorsement of biofuels, and in particular of cellulose-based ethanol, are being heralded as an eventual replacement for gasoline. However, from the literature review, the author continues the pattern of resource depletion and the resultant imbalance of demand over supply in the oil market would be demonstrated in even more directly problematic consequences in a dominant global biofuel industry. Therefore, the paper concludes that an alternative fuel source other than biofuels must be pursued as a replacement for the current global dependency on petroleum.

Table of Contents:
Literature Review
Recommendations and Conclusion

From the Paper:

"These detractions are not devised in any way to suggest that biofuel is not a viable means of alternative energy dependency patterns. Quite to the contrary, this appears as one of the most realistic transitional steps toward the use of a cleaner burning fuel in powering transportation, industrial and recreational demands. However, there emerges an often unspoken threat in the transition suggested by supporters of biofuel, which closely associates the political and economic trespasses of petroleum production with those of corn ethanol."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Butler, M. (2008). Lessons from Biofuels. Greentech. Online at
  • Dien, B.; Bothast, R.; Nichols, N. & Cotta, M. (2002). The U.S. Corn Ethanol Industry: An Overview of Current Technology and Future Prospects. Agricultural Research Service, 104, p. 204-211.
  • Environmental Protection Agency. (2008). Renewable Fuel Standard Program. U.S. Government. Online at
  • Freeman, S. (2008). $1 per gallon biofuel touted. The Republic. Online at>.
  • Holt-Gimenez, E. (2007). The biofuel myth. International Herald Tribune. Online at

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