The one-time favorite renewable fuel, corn-based ethanol, has lost its appeal with scientists and environmentalists. In an op-ed column in The New York Times, by Russel Harding, some of the problems with ethanol are described:
After years of research and debate a renewable fuel is gradually “written off” from the list of promising renewable fuels. This is a very time consuming, costly, and inefficient process. The world needs large volumes of renewable fuels that add new energy to the system and reduce emissions of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
In order to rapidly and cost effectively identify the most promising solutions we need to run broad large scale analysis programs that aim at developing the long term strategies that we need to transform energy systems on a large scale. We need to initiate such programs now.
My book Global Energy Transformation describes the need for such programs, and how they need to be organized and managed. In a new book that will be published in the next few weeks I describe the leadership issues and the need of strong and effective management in the transformation process.