Biomass potentialIn his Aug. 1 letter, Ted Lofstrom correctly concludes that the entire US corn and soybean crops, if converted to ethanol and biodiesel, would offset only a very small fraction of US petroleum consumption.Environmentalists are now arguing that new enzyme fermentation processes that convert cellulose into fuel alcohol will dramatically increase the supply of biofuels. In order to understand why biomass can never provide anything more than a very small fraction of the US energy supply, let's look at the production of wood on commercial forest lands.Forests cover about 731 million acres of the US.1 However, commercial timberland, defined as forest land which produces or ...

Why Register?

Non-subscribers can only view whitepapers by providing name, home and email address, phone number and other information and comment on/rate articles.

Why Subscribe?

Oil & Gas Journal subscribers with login credentials can access these premium features of OGJ Online:

  • Current Issue – an html version of the current week's issue of Oil & Gas Journal.
  • Past Issues – An Electronic OGJ Archive. A keyword-searchable archive of all issues of Oil & Gas Journal dating back to 1990; also searchable by issue date.
  • Market Journal – a weekly round-up of the oil and gas markets, with observations from leading analysts.
  • Editor's Perspective – a short article of insight and opinion by the Editor of Oil & Gas Journal.
  • OGJ Industry Stats – quick access to current industry statistics from Oil & Gas Journal.
  • OGJ Survey Downloads - quick access to exclusive reports from Oil & Gas Journal.


Subscriber Help or Subscribe

Oil & Gas Journal Subscribers: Have your subscription number (from the mailing label on the cover of your Oil & Gas Journal) and e-mail address ready to set up your online account through Customer Service Assistant.

If you're not an Oil & Gas Journal subscriber, start a subscription and gain access to the subscriber areas of OGJ Online now.

Stay Connected