DOE Responds to TIME Magazine's Criticism of Ethanol
April 24, 2008
In the April 28 issue of TIME magazine, Energy Secretary Samuel W. Bodman and Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer rebutted the magazine's recent article about the use and development of ethanol.
Next generation biofuels are an essential component of the President's comprehensive strategy to diversify our nation's energy sources and address the serious challenges of energy security and global climate change. DOE is committed to advancing technological solutions to promote and increase the use of clean, abundant, affordable, and domestically and sustainably produced biofuels to diversify our fuel supply, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and reduce our dependence on oil. Since 2007, DOE has committed over $1 billion in research, development, and demonstration of next-generation biofuels production from non-food feedstocks. Compared to conventional gasoline, ethanol made from cellulose has the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 86%, according to leading scientists at DOE's Argonne National Laboratory.