What Are Biofuels?

The Actual Definition:

A "biofuel is any fuel derived from biomass - that is, plant material or animal waste. Since such feedstock material can be replenished readily, biofuel is considered to be a source of renewable energy, unlike fossil fuels such as petroleum, coal, and natural gas. Biofuel is perceived by its adovcates as a cost-effective and environmentally benign alternative to petroleum and other fossil fuels, particularly within the context of rising petroleum prices and increased conern over the contributions made by fossil fuels to global warming." (Citation 8)

Living in the modern 21st century, everyone knows that transportation is one of the most vital things to us. We have done a great job in the past century to base our transportation on fossil fuels, but we must face the truth, and the truth is that the Earth's fossil fuels aredepleting quickly! Countries are using about 21 million barrels of oil a day, and we have no idea how long these reservoirs of oil will last. But, there is a solution, and that solution is biofuels. Biofuels are the fuel of the future, because they are environmentally, economically, and politically benefiting. For example, biofuels are renewable sources, which mean that they will not run out easily, unlike the fossil fuels of today. Biofuels ARE the solution to this energy crisis! Biotechnology companies are already producing biofuels efficiently, it's just the matter of getting this new technology out to the public so everyone can start using biofuels. (Citation 9)

As you can see from the video posted underneath, the US Department of Energy is helping promote biofuels, since oil is comign to a peak, and will eventually wither away as our source of energy.



As you can tell from the graph below, the peak production of oil is going to be somewhere around 2015, and after that we WILL have to find alternative sources of energy.

In fact, in order to preserve our Earth as habitable, we will need to STOP the use of oil as our main source of energy, since it is causing holes in the ozone layer across the world, as you can see in the picture below. This picture demonstrates how the ozone layer across the North Pole has almost been depleted in some areas, due to greenhouse gases caused by oil usage.

(Citation 10)





As you look at the graph below, you can see that some types of ethanol, and biodisel cause over 50% less greenhouse emissions that the typical gasoline and diesel.