Biofuels: There is Potential Needs A Lot of Work

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Biofuels should not be developed as an alternative fuel source. There are many potentials for biofuels however, the drawbacks overshadow the benefits. One main issue with using biofuels is that the companies making them (biodiesel) are promising to yield unreasonable amounts. The theoretical yield per year is around 6, 000 to 10, 000 gallons of oil per acre, and companies who claim they are able to produce yields over this amount are getting many investors; only for the investors to find out years later that the invested money has gone to waste⁴. This serves as the biggest issue because during those years, that invested money could have went to actual companies that could have done groundbreaking research and improve some of the many drawbacks that producing biofuels have. Not only did the money go to waste because the facilities were not created, it also creates a rift between investors and their trust in producing biofuels as an alternative which further delays the potential of using biofuels. Besides the biggest money factor in the debut of biofuels on a global scale, there are many other factors that proves it is not the best option as an alternative fuel source. With the mass variety of biofuels, there are many ways in which they can produce biofuels however, many issues lie within the process of production. In the case of producing biodiesel by crops such as sunflower, corn, wheat, sugar… etc. this option creates a bigger issue for global hunger. “Food prices have risen 83% since 2005” according to World Bank³. As many producers turn to selling their crops for biofuel production, the prices of that crop, and foods that use that ingredient to increase. Which means that the poor will not have a decent mean because the once re... ... middle of paper ... ...biofuels would not be considered as a cost-effective alternative fuel source. Works Cited 1. 2 ACKLAND, LEIGH, LINDA ZOU, and DAVID FREESTONE. "Biodiesel Breathes Better." Australasian Science 29.8 (2008): 34. Science Reference Center. Web. 17 Mar. 2014 2. 3 "Biomass fuel." Environmental Encyclopedia. Gale, 2011. Science in Context. Web. 17 Mar. 2014. 3. 1 Georgianna, D. Ryan, and Stephen P. Mayfield. "Exploiting diversity and synthetic biology for the production of algal biofuels." Nature 488.7411 (2012): 329+.Science in Context. Web. 17 Mar. 2014. 4. 4 Waltz, Emily. "Biotech's green gold? Algae have long been touted as a rich and ubiquitous source of renewable fuel but thus far have failed to be economically competitive with other sources of energy. Could new advances change that?"Nature Biotechnology 27.1 (2009): 15+. Science in Context. Web. 17 Mar. 2014.

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