Advanced Biofuels USA Celebrates Earth Week with 10 Excellent Reasons to Transition to Sustainable Renewable Fuels
(Advanced Biofuels USA) “Why Transition to Sustainable Renewable Fuels?” asks Advanced Biofuels USA, providing as an answer, 10 Excellent Reasons in a one-page Earth Week handout for use by civic organizations, church stewardship groups, environmental organizations, teachers, students and anyone interested in renewable transportation energy.
“By publishing this easy-to-understand handout, we are furthering this educational nonprofit’s mission to promote understanding, development and use of advanced biofuels,” explained executive director, Joanne Ivancic. ”The idea for this grew out of an honors presentation by an intern from Hood College here in Frederick. Biology major, Agatha Macairan, has been working on an article about why we can’t already buy 100% sustainable renewable fuels for all our transportation needs. She admitted to struggling with the complexities involved in answering that question and urged us to find a way to make it more understandable. So, working together, we came up with these 10 excellent reasons based on her work, her discussions with friends and our additional observations. Instead of asking ‘why can’t we?’ we pose the question ‘why should we?’”
Why Transition to Sustainable Renewable Fuels? 10 Excellent Reasons
- Climate Change –Recycle carbon. Don’t release “new” carbon from its underground storage.
- Energy Security – Peak Oil. We need to prepare for when oil runs out.
- Health Benefits – Ethanol can replace carcinogenic aromatics, and substantially reduce harmful emissions.
- More Efficient Engines Require Biofuels – Higher octane, higher ethanol transportation fuels. Engine manufacturers can maximize the efficiency of smaller, more efficient engines that utilize high combustion pressures and take advantage of other useful properties of ethanol. Cleaner, lower maintenance jet engines with renewable jetfuel. Less expensive maintenance for biodiesel hybrid buses.
- Environmental Benefits – Avoid deep water drilling oil spills, destruction of habitat from tar sands or fracking.
- National Security – Military do not have to protect feedstock sources or transportation routes of advanced biofuels.
- Jobs – Advanced biofuel production creates local jobs in agriculture, forestry, waste management, engineering, science and biorefineries. Not to mention the jobs which support these with food, shelter and services.
- Leadership in Science and Technology– Historically, the basis of economic success. Advanced biofuels is today’s frontier.
- Keep your money at home! – Do not spend your currency on foreign energy resources.
- Not Under Someone Else’s Control – Lessen foreign energy providers’ power.
Advanced Biofuels USA enjoys a world-wide audience. These reasons apply regardless of borders, in any part of the world.
The handout is available in the Statements and Handouts section of the www.AdvancedBiofuelsUSA.org website and as a PDF at http://advancedbiofuelsusa.info/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/10-Excellent-Reasons-to-Transition-to-Renewable-Fuels-14-0418.pdf
On a More Positive Note at the Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference
by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA) After Day 1 at Biofuels Digests’s ABLC which served up depression, aggravation and despair; the group of intrepid travelers on the journey to a bio-based economy pulled themselves together and renewed what a number of speakers called their fight for the Cause.
Afghanistan fuel convoy–US Army photo
It helped that the day started with a most inspirational speech from decorated former Army Captain, Michael Breen, executive director of the Truman National Security Project and the Center for National Policy. A veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan and Operation Free, Breen reminded us of why we are here. Beginning with a quote, that amateurs talk about strategy and pros talk about logistics, Breen focused on what it is like to be dependent on a single source of energy, the source of which you cannot control and about the drivers who transport tankers of fuel, the equivalent of driving bombs, to supply military outposts. A job, he said, for “non combat” personnel, a job that frightened him more than any jobs in his substantial Army combat roles.
Breen described the human and material resources expended on protecting military fuel supplies to an ice cream cone licking itself; so much of the energy trucked into them was spent going out to protect the routes to get the fuel to them.
In a microcosm, this dramatically illustrates protecting US energy interests around the world; with military protection needed to secure the fuel used in the US on a daily basis.
And he debunked the myth that energy security could be achieved by drilling wells or extracting oil from tar sands “at home” when the commodity is in a global market.
Breen explained the path to true energy security involves 1) freedom of action, 2) assured access (getting the fuel you need without worrying about the world’s six choke points and the $90 Billion we invest annually in keeping them open), and 3) risk or threat management; quoting the Department of Defense describing climate change as a threat multiplier.
To describe the magnitude of that problem, he compared the size of the conference meeting room and the enormity of the climate change challenges and noted that they don’t begin to match up. But that should not deter us; should only spur us to continue our work. This advanced biofuels industry, he said, has a strategic duty to the nation to succeed. The first guy through the wall, gets bloody, he recounted. That’s just the way it is. That is no reason to let up on your effort.
After that emotional send off, down to the nitty gritty.
Presentations from companies and government agencies with details of programs and projects, stories of striving and set backs and overcoming challenges and some stories of success.
Sugar platforms and algae. Hot molecules and hot companies. Plant bottles and biochar. Clariant working with Mercedes Benz on E20 optimized engine development.
At lunch, talking about 7 “f’s” of land use: food, fuel, fiber, feed, fun, family and function.
Sam Yenne of Maverick Biofuels and Barry S. Wortzman of GreenField Specialty Alcohols discussed variations on the “follow-the-crop” or distributed/centralized theme; Yenne describing a hub-and-spoke system potentially converting methane from dairy manure into high value products via thermo-chemical conversion and Wortzman talking about a prototype mobile skid-mounted pretreatment process that is on its way to a pulp/paper mill and which could be used at harvest sites or rail heads to convert biomass to sugars for transport to centralized integrated biorefineries.
A lift to the spirits and motivation to continue to fight for the Cause.