27 May '11, 4pm

Biofuels For Transportation: Been There, Done That #agriculture #biofuels #transportation

Biofuels For Transportation: Been There, Done That #agriculture #biofuels #transportation

As is often the case, it is useful to put this into historical perspective. Consider the purple line on the graph below which shows that until the middle of the last century, US farmers devoted more than 40 million acres to growing a biofuel crop – oats for horses. Yes, we powered much of our personal and public transportation, as well as the transport of goods, with the energy released by the bacteria in the digestive system of horses. It certainly wasn’t a perfect system between flies and methane emissions from the horses stomachs and from the manure they deposited all over the roads. Thus when the “horseless carriage” became available along with cheap fossil fuels, only romantics missed the good old days.

Full article: http://blog.sustainablog.org/biofuels-for-transportation/

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