Strategic, Economic, and Environmental Issues for Transportation Fuels, Chapter 2

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    The transportation sector, which is undergoing many changes as a result of shifting priorities, plays an important role in the U.S. economy. The interrelated strategic, economic, and environmental issues that affect transportation fuels are summarized in this chapter. Related legislation, such as alternative fuel tax incentives and environmental regulations, is also outlined. Generally, strategicissues address national security, focusing on the impact of petroleum imports and the need to develop critical technologies. The economic issues discussion focuses on the impact of alternative fuels and alternative fuel vehicle development on the agricultural sector and on the development of new, related industries. The discussion of environmental issues includes the impact of the transportationsector on air, water, and land pollution, on climate change, and on human health and welfare. Substituting alternative transportation fuels for traditional petroleum-based fuels can offer a partial solution to the problems discussed and can improve our strategic, economic, and environmental position in this area.
    Original languageAmerican English
    Title of host publicationHandbook on Bioethanol: Production and Utilization
    EditorsC. E. Wyman
    StatePublished - 1996

    NREL Publication Number

    • NREL/CH-421-6975


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