Energy Issues! BY cameronnnn

My name is Cameron, and this is my story of what I think will save the WORLD!

Biofuels: The problem with biofuels is that they are not economically viable. To compete with fossil-based fuels, they have to have significant subsidies. A 2009 article by Doug Koplow at Earth Track, Inc., predicted that biofuel tax credits, tariffs and mandates in the U.S., alone, would total $420 billion in federal subsidies to the biofuels sector between 2008 and 2022. It is those subsidies, alone, that allow biofuels to be competitive cost-wise.

Interestingly enough, another study—published in 2014, in Energy Policy (Grafton, et. al., Elsevier, volume 68, May 2014, p. 550-555)—failed to identify any contribution to the lowering of greenhouse gas emissions from biofuels. To the contrary, the report noted that results indicate that subsidies for first-generation biofuels, which yield a low level of per-unit CO2 emission reduction compared to fossil fuels, might have contributed to additional net CO2 emissions over the study period. Most countries in the developed world now have, and have had, biofuel subsidies programs. Some, such as those in the UK and Europe, are much more vigorous than U.S. subsidies.


Wind Power: in Texas, the most intensive wind energy state in the U.S. You can drive past miles and miles of windmills generating power. They are an eyesore, whether they are turning or not. Some of the time they aren’t, and no power is being generated. When they are turning, they are noisy. And, it takes a lot of windmills to produce electricity in large amounts, although these amounts may not measure well against traditional generating plant output. The second-largest wind farm in the U.S. produces 781.5 MW of power per day. A large, but by no means the largest, coal-fired plant may produce 2 GW by comparison.

Photovoltaic: Now, this is a cool idea, if you live in a fairly flat place with reliable amounts of sunshine, and you are not living by a dirt road. The site needs to be fairly flat to capture the full amount of sunlight each day, and it needs to be in an arid environment. Rainy, cloudy days don’t support good electrical generation. And that dirt road? It will cover your photovoltaic array with dust, reducing generation capacity. When you are ready to get rid of the panels, be careful. They generally contain some pretty nasty, non-environmental chemicals and components.

There are a number of other alternative power options out there. Unfortunately, they generally don’t do any better than biofuels, wind, photovoltaic or geothermal. So, let’s be rational. We would very much like alternative energy. But in all cases, the costs have got to come down, the reliability has to go up, and the environmental impacts have to be mitigated. Until then, hydrocarbons will remain the answer!

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