Biofuels in transportation

In pursuit of energy independence, the US government is promoting the use of biofuels as transportation fuels. The Department of Energy has set a goal of ethanol production equal to about 30% of the country’s current gasoline demand by 2030, said Alexander Karsner, DOE’s assistant secretary for renewable energy.Karsner was one of several speakers representing key biofuel interests-government, automobile manufacturers, oil and gas companies, agricultural entities, and academia-at a recent conference at Rice University, Houston.From the automobile industry, Susan M. Cischke, vice-president, environment and safety engineering for Ford Motor Co., said about 63% of transportation f...

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