“There are many environmental benefits to replacing oil with plant-based biofuels like ethanol and biodiesel. For one, since such fuels are derived from agricultural crops, they are inherently renewable—and our own farmers typically produce them domestically, reducing our dependence on unstable foreign sources of oil.
Additionally, ethanol and biodiesel emit less particulate pollution than traditional petroleum-based gasoline and diesel fuels. They also do not have much of a net contribution of greenhouse gases to the global climate change problem, since they only emit back to the environment the carbon dioxide that their source plants absorbed out of the atmosphere in the first place.” Source: https://www.thoughtco.com/the-pros-and-cons-of-biofuels-1203797?utm_term=biofuels+journal&utm_content=p1-main-1-title&utm_medium=sem&utm_source=msn_s&utm_campaign=adid-f612939a-48bb-43e7-a324-12ce60486b63-0-ab_msb_ocode-35517&ad=semD&an=msn_s&am=broad&q=biofuels+journal&o=35517&qsrc=999&l=sem&askid=f612939a-48bb-43e7-a324-12ce60486b63-0-ab_msb
George Orwell’s classic book “1984,” begins with the line “”It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen”. The novel is about a dystopian future where critical thought is suppressed under a totalitarian regime. (Beginning to sound familiar?)
This May, the 2,000 residents of Block Island, Rhode Island are making a fresh start when it comes to powering their lives. As of May 1, Block Island is the first location in the U.S. to be powered by an offshore wind farm — a wind farm that has eliminated the need for a diesel plant that was burning about one million gallons of dirty diesel fuel annually. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), diesel produces more carbon emissions than every other fossil fuel except for fuel oil.
The Block Island Wind Farm is intended to bring significant change, and not just on Block Island. The project was designed to serve as an example of the tremendous potential that offshore wind power holds for the United States. The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) has created a wind resource assessment and characterization study, which depicts this potential.- Excerpt from an article by Karla Lant