14 Dezember 2011

The Cellulosic Ethanol Debacle

Congress mandated purchase of 250 million gallons in 2011 - actual production: 6.6 million

Years before the Obama Administration dumped $70 billion into solar and wind energy and battery operated cars, and long before anyone heard of Solyndra, President Bush launched his own version of a green energy revolution. The future he saw was biofuels. In addition to showering billions of dollars on corn ethanol, Mr. Bush assured the nation that by 2012 cars and trucks could be powered by cellulosic fuels from switch grass and other plant life.

To launch this wonder-fuel industry, the feds under Mr. Bush and President Obama have pumped at least $1.5 billion of grants and loan subsidies to fledgling producers. Mr. Bush signed an energy bill in 2007 that established a tax credit of $1.01 per gallon produced.

… Full text: online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204012004577072470158115782.html

Tags: blend, mandate, biofuel market, advanced biofuels, loan guarantee, bankruptcy, subsidies

Source: The Wall Street Journal, 2011-12-14.

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