The Rightful Place of Science: Biofuels

RPS Biofuels

Can biofuels be a viable alternative to traditional fossil fuels? Will they help to address climate change? Can innovation bring about a new generation of efficient biofuels? Eminent energy technology and policy thinker John A. Alic tackles these questions in this thoughtful and authoritative assessment of biofuels. The book is essential reading for anyone interested in the role of biofuels in the U.S. energy system.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Fuels
  3. First-Generation and “Advanced” Biofuels
  4. Drop-In Fuels for the U.S. Military
  5. Competing with Petroleum
  6. Alternative Fuels for the Department of Defense
  7. U.S. Government Alternative Fuels Policies
  8. Innovation Lessons for Biofuels
  9. Looking Ahead: Energy and Climate

About the Author

John Alic writes and consults on policy issues related to technology and science. At the congressional Office of Technology Assessment from 1979 to 1995, he directed studies on international competitiveness and technology policy. Alic is author of Trillions for Military Technology: How the Pentagon Innovates and Why It Costs So Much, published in 2007, and co-author of New Rules for a New Economy: Employment and Opportunity in Postindustrial America. He has also taught at several universities.

November 2013

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