I wrote about the Nevada County Bio-Fuel Task Force here. Since then the whole idea of turning trees into diesel seems to have gone quiet. Maybe this is one of the reasons, it just does not pencil out.
"To turn wood chips into ethanol fuel, George W. Bush's Department of Energy in February 2007 announced a $76 million grant to Range Fuels for a cutting-edge refinery. A few months later, the refinery opened in the piney woods of Treutlen County, Ga., as the taxpayers of Georgia piled on another $6 million. In 2008, the ethanol plant was the first beneficiary of the Biorefinery Assistance Program, pocketing a loan for $80 million guaranteed by the U.S. taxpayers.
Last month, the refinery closed down, having failed to squeeze even a drop of ethanol out of its pine chips.
Exit Questions: Does this mean that the only alternative fuel in CARB's low carbon fuel quiver is now corn based ethanol? Does this mean that we will be burning our foot stocks to meet CABS fuel standards, creating food shortages around the world?