Report: The Carbohydrate Economy, Biofuels and the Net Energy Debate

Report: The Carbohydrate Economy, Biofuels and the Net Energy Debate

Date: 5 Aug 2005 | posted in: Energy | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This August 2005 report by David Morris addresses the never-ending question “Doesn’t it take more energy to make ethanol than is contained in the ethanol?” In 1980, the short and empirical answer to this question was yes. In 1990, the answer was, probably not. In 2005 the answer is clearly no.

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David Morris is co-founder of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and currently ILSR's distinguished fellow. His five non-fiction books range from an analysis of Chilean development to the future of electric power to the transformation of cities and neighborhoods.  For 14 years he was a regular columnist for the Saint Paul Pioneer Press. His essays on public policy have appeared in the New York TimesWall Street Journal, Washington PostSalonAlternetCommon Dreams, and the Huffington Post.