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What Biofuel Means For Us, the Economy, The Ecology, And The Future Of Our Civilization

     It is a very human trait to look at the world around us and assume it will always be the same. It will provide us with all the resources we need because it always has. We have water, air, energy supplies and food. Mother Nature is kind.

The catch here is that Mother Nature was designed to be self-sustaining. If everything were left to Mother Nature we would not be experiencing any problems with our resources. Natural predatory systems would be in play. There would be plenty of plants and animals and the planet would overflow with the natural resources that we all take for granted, including all the oil we need to make the fuel we use so lavishly.

Mother Nature did not know about how we would commercialize her resources or visualize the speed with which we lap them up. She didn’t see that the population would explode while still relying heavily on these natural resources – this population that would eventually deplete nature’s resources at a far greater rate than they could be replenished.

In short, when the earth’s natural ecological rhythms evolved, it didn’t count on us stepping in and messing things up.

This is where Biofuel can Play a Part

The earth will require eons to replace natural resources used in producing petroleum. The earth does not need this much time to grow and convert natural oils which have the ability to replace fossil fuels in specific testing situations. This process is actually quite common today, particularly in Europe.

The conventional biofuels are produced from sugar, starch and vegetable oils, normal commodities found in everyone’s kitchen. As a matter of fact, there are currently programs underway to transform restaurant food waste into biofuel. This is how common and simple it can be to find resources we need for a sustainable energy solution.

Biofuel Advantages

“We should increase our development of alternative fuels, taking advantage of renewable resources, like using corn and sugar to produce ethanol or soybeans to produce biodiesel.” – Bobby Jindal, Governer of Louisiana, probably spoken after BP dumped untold millions of gallons of crude into the Gulf of Mexico near New Orleans.

Right now, we find ourselves in fierce competition for the natural resources needed to create conventional fuels with countries overseas. This competition drives up the price, limits the availability of the product and generally makes it a non-sustainable form of energy.

Raw materials to form biofuel can be domestically grown so the United States does have a more enduring supply of sustainable energy possibilites. Biofuel is cleaner than fossil fuels. It also reduces considerably the amount of damage our modern transportation systems are doing to the air. Producing biofuel is also considerably less expensive than producing fuel from fossil sources.

Why Isn’t Biofuel the Last Word in Fuel at this Time?

With its many advantages, one would think that biofuels would own the transportation market. The main answer to this question is in the way we manufacture automobiles. Many biofuel techniques and usages remain in the testing phase today.

So, while we don’t see biofuel taking over the oil industry right now, it will in the near future. When that day in the near future comes, everyone on the planet and the planet itself will benefit.

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