~Lauren Ruhland, MCPP intern
Drew Thornley over at Planet Gore has a really nice examination of algal biofuel today. A few of the biologists I know say that this will be the only economically and environmentally viable way to make a large-scale shift to ethanol, though the process is still very far from large-scale feasibility. Unlike processes that divert food resources toward fuel production, algae-to-fuel methods use biomass that’s very energetically cheap to produce and maintain.
On the other hand, the promise of plankton in warding off Malthusian collapse may be exaggerated due to poor disclosure problems.