Biofuels and the Energy Crisis Term Paper by Nicky

Biofuels and the Energy Crisis
A discussion of biofuels and their potential impact on the current energy crisis.
# 144858 | 2,139 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2010 | US

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The paper looks at the advantages associated with biofuels that include the fact that they are renewable resources, there is a domestic supply and they have lower emissions. However, the paper also looks at the disadvantages associated with their use that include production costs and the impact of their cultivation on the environment. The paper believes that biofuels and the energy crisis will continue to be an issue for years to come.

Advantages of Biofuels
Disadvantages of Biofuels

From the Paper:

"The primary reason that having access to a renewable source of fuel is important is cost. As Americans and others across the world discovered over the summer and throughout most of the fall, the price of crude oil can fluctuate greatly over a short period of time. Just weeks ago many people in the United States were paying more than $4 a gallon for gas but in recent weeks prices have dropped dramatically and many Americans are paying less than $1.70 per gallon. These fluctuations take place because of simple supply and demand economics. That is, because crude oil is a nonrenewable resource the supply is limited. So then in the arena of the global market when demand is high for gasoline, the price of crude oil can increase dramatically in a short period of time. However when demand is lowered the price of crude oil can also decrease dramatically."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Biofuels. 29 November 2008. http://www.alternative-energy
  • "Biofuels & Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Myths versus Facts". U.S. Department of Energy. 29 November 2008.
  • Blanco Maria Isabel, Azqueta Diego. Can the environmental benefits of biomass support agriculture? - the case of cereals for electricity and bioethanol production in northern Spain. Energy Policy 2008;36:357-66.
  • Ethanol Car Highs: An Endlessly Renewable Resource. 29 November 2008.
  • Ethanol: Myths and Realities. 29 November 2008. htm

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