Ever since the 1973 oil embargo, U.S. energy policy has sought to replace petroleum-based transportation fuels with alternatives. One prominent option is using biofuels, such as ethanol in place of gasoline and biodiesel instead of ordinary diesel.
There’s so many events during this time of year that we’ll lead with a few- covering Friday and next week. News below!
TODAY AT 4PM: The Glenn F. Knoll lecture, with speaker David Kay: Learn more
October 3: CLOSUP’s “Reclaiming the Atmospheric Common: A New Strategy for Climate Policy Success?” w/ Purdue’s Leigh Raymond: Learn more
October 4: Erb C-Suite Speaker Series, Walmart CSO Kathleen McLaughlin: Learn more
October 5-7: Great Lakes Adaptation Forum: Learn more
October 6: UMTRI 2nd Annual Transportation Safety Research Symposium: Learn more
October 7: Beyond Carbon Neutral Seminar Series: Direct Air Capture as a Tool for Carbon Management, feat ASU’s Klaus Lackner: Learn more
CO2, Climate Change Seen As Waste Disposal Challenge
Climate Central, feat. Mark Barteau
Only a handful of institutions — among them are the U.S. Dept. of Energy, Arizona State University, the University of Michigan and the Center for Carbon Removal in Berkeley, Calif. — are studying ways to remove carbon from the atmosphere, and funding for the research is sparse.
Tribe challenging pipeline has some advantages in courtroom
Associated Press, feat. Mark Barteau
The American Indians challenging an oil pipeline that would cross four states have some legal advantages in a courtroom, particularly their tribe's status as a sovereign nation with long ties to the land in question.
But stopping a major project like the Dakota Access pipeline after construction has begun is difficult, and even if the Standing Rock Sioux win in federal court, the end result might simply be an altered route.
Energy Institute Research Professor John DeCicco’s newly published research in Climatic Change, “Carbon balance effects of U.S. biofuel production and use,” has been covered and discussed in media around the country during the past two weeks. Check out a selection of articles below.
Biofuels worse for climate change than gasoline, U-M study says
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Biofuels might not be as clean as you thought, and they certainly aren’t carbon-neutral. The common thinking goes that crops used to make ethanol and biodiesel suck CO2 out of the air and turn it into a gas substitute. Then, when you fill up your car and take it for a spin, all you’re doing is releasing that carbon back into the atmosphere, not generating new emissions.
A new study from University of Michigan researchers challenges the widely held assumption that biofuels such as ethanol and biodiesel are inherently carbon neutral.
Contrary to popular belief, the heat-trapping carbon dioxide gas emitted when biofuels are burned is not fully balanced by the CO2 uptake that occurs as the plants grow, according to a study by research professor John DeCicco and co-authors at the U-M Energy Institute.
UMEI’s John DeCicco authors update of popular 2004 fuel cell reference article
Elsevier Reference Module in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences
The updated piece, originally published in the Encyclopedia of Energy, defines and contextualizes fuel cell vehicle use and technology in the rapidly changing transportation landscape. It notes that “climate constraints are now the most compelling rationale for developing vehicles that use non-petroleum fuels, particularly carbon-free energy carriers such as electricity or hydrogen,” and forecasts the disruptive effect of coming connected and automated transportation technologies. DeCicco wrote the piece along with Masters Student Xinwei Li.