Role of Bioethanol in Global Climate Change

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    The United States Department of Energy (DOE) has supported a research and development program for the establishment of renewable, biomass-derived, liquid fuels for the better part of the last twenty years. These 'biofuels' represent opportunities to respond to uncertainties about our energy security and the future health of our environment. Throughout its history, the Biofuels program hasexperienced an ongoing fiscal 'roller coaster'. Funding has ebbed and flowed with changing political and public attitudes about energy. The program was initiated in a flood of funding in the late 1970s related to the energy shortages experienced in that period. The flooding turned rapidly to drought as falling oil prices dissipated public concern about energy supplies. In the late 1980s, fundingfor the program slowly increased, driven by national security issues.
    Original languageAmerican English
    Number of pages19
    StatePublished - 1998
    Event1998 National Conference on Ethanol Policy and Marketing - Albuquerque, New Mexico
    Duration: 26 Feb 199827 Feb 1998


    Conference1998 National Conference on Ethanol Policy and Marketing
    CityAlbuquerque, New Mexico

    NREL Publication Number

    • NREL/CP-580-26986


    • bioethanol
    • global climate change
    • greenhouse gas emissions (GHG)


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