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Viewpoints

Viewpoints features essays and interviews by the Center for a Livable Future’s staff, faculty, fellows and other affiliates. These opinions are opinions—not  representations of the Center’s priorities, activities or stances.

 

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Food Systems & Climate Change

Do Farmers Benefit from Biofuels?

Even with government backing, ethanol and biodiesel production has been high risk, leading to failures of ethanol plants.

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Food Systems & Climate Change

Biofuels: Innovations Needed

We need to advance the knowledge of Fischer-Tropsch synthesis, which could produce liquid fuels and heavy oils from cellulosic materials at competitive prices.

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Food Systems & Climate Change

The Cellulose Quandary

We need to advance the knowledge of Fischer-Tropsch synthesis, which could produce liquid fuels and heavy oils from cellulosic materials at competitive prices.

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Food Systems & Climate Change

Indirect Land Use Change and Biofuels: Real or Hypothetical?

Biofuels that use food crops, particularly corn ethanol, are adding a large extra load of carbon dioxide because of their affects of food prices.

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Food Systems & Climate Change

Fossil Energy Alternates: Shale Gas, Oil Shale, and Tar Sands

Some people are saying this era is the end of “peak easy oil.”

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Food Systems & Climate Change

Does Ethanol Pollute the Environment … or Does Corn?

How does corn culture cause environmental harm?

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Food Systems & Climate Change

An Ethanol Timeline: How We Got Here

Since 1826, ethanol has been of interest to entrepreneurs and agriculturists as a possible alternate fuel.

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Diet, Health & Planetary Boundaries

Peak Oil, Food Systems, Irene, Debt and Deadlines

Hurricane Irene caused major disruptions, but nothing like what could occur as oil prices rise into the stratosphere.

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Food Animal Production, Diet, Health & Planetary Boundaries

Hey, USDA, Who’s Your Daddy?

This is a disturbing example of the animal agro-industry’s influence at the USDA.

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Food Systems & Climate Change, Food Animal Production, Diet, Health & Planetary Boundaries

Carnivores and Climate Change

The carbon footprint of beef is 24.5 times higher than that for tomatoes.

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