Report: A Better Way to Get From Here to There – A Commentary on the Hydrogen Economy

Date: 5 Jan 2004 | posted in: Energy | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In January 2004, we published this report by David Morris describing a promising domestic energy strategy that relies on biofuels and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) as a solution moving the U.S. towards energy independence.The idea of a hydrogen economy has burst like a supernova over the energy policy landscape, mesmerizing us with its possibilities while blinding us to its weaknesses. Such a fierce spotlight on hydrogen is pushing more promising strategies into the shadows.

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Report: Biomass – Which Road to Take?

Date: 5 Oct 2001 | posted in: Energy | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This October 2001 paper by David Morris looks at how plant matter must be an important element in a sustainable economy because it is the only renewable resource from which we can fashion physical products. In the next few months and years we will be making decisions at the local, state, national and international level that will channel tens, perhaps hundreds of billions of dollars of money into certain areas and markets. We are changing the rules.

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How Much Energy Does It Take To Make A Gallon Of Ethanol?

Date: 12 Aug 1995 | posted in: agriculture, Energy, environment | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

One of the most controversial issues relating to ethanol is the question of what environmentalists call the “net energy” of ethanol production. Simply put, is more energy used to grow and process the raw material into ethanol than is contained in the ethanol itself? In 1992, ILSR addressed this question. Our report, based on actual energy consumption data from farmers and ethanol plant operators, was widely disseminated and its methodology has been imitated by a number of other researchers. This paper updates the data in that original report and addresses some of the concerns that some reviewers of the original report expressed. … Read More

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