Energy Strategy Shouldn't End With Ethanol

Director of the Upper Midwest Hydrogen Initiative, Rolf Nordstom gives his perspective on David Morris Op-Ed advocating carbohydrate economy

Published: 04-Jan-2005

David Morris does a nice job of setting the record straight on ethanol once again. But ethanol should not be the only arrow in our quiver. ("Ethanol production makes sense, when you consider the facts," Nov. 28).

National Geographic's cover story in June bluntly announced "The End of Cheap Oil." There have been dire predictions about oil before, but this time both oil optimists and pessimists agree that global oil production will peak within the next several decades (if it hasn't already) and prices will rise. Worse still, two-thirds of the world's proven reserves lie in the volatile Middle East. Even non-conventional sources and drilling in Alaska will only forestall the inevitable need for non-petroleum options, given that U.S. oil production peaked in the 1970s.

To be fair, Mr. Morris himself has written persuasively of the need to aggressively encourage hybrid vehicles and dramatically increase reliance on electricity from renewables. But even these are not enough.

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