Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Pros and Cons of Biofuels

Biofuels Pros and Cons

Biofuels are produced from burning biomass. They are another renewable energy source, but just like everything else, there are pros and cons associated with the use of biofuels. Let’s take a closer look at this specific renewable energy source and see what the renewable energy experts are saying about it. 

To start, let’s look at the positive aspects of biofuel. We already mentioned that it is a renewable energy source, but it’s much more than that. Its better energy source for the environment than fossil fuels, as it produces less pollution, which means it doesn’t ruin the ozone layer. Biofuels are easy to find, and create, as it’s generated from living plant based organisms. Since biofuels can be created from things such as crops and trees, it means that they can be grown and created locally. Another good thing about biofuels is that it can be mixed with other fuels and used in vehicles. Also, biofuels are cheaper than fossil fuels and will continue to be cheaper as the price on fossil fuels rise. 

 But unfortunately, there are cons for those using biofuels. There is a need to farm more land than what’s currently available. That means trees will have to be cut down and the animals living and utilizing those areas will be displaced. Also, biofuels still need to be mixed with fossil fuel in many vehicles. And, consequently, vehicles that can use biofuels require expensive engine modifications. Lastly, the biggest downside to consumers wanting to use biofuels is their general lack of availability.   
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