Energy Crops — Sugar from Cellulosic Biomass

2.7 pounds of sugar contains as much energy as 1 pound of crude oil America has more Sugar than the Middle East has oil. How can this be? When people are asked where sugar comes from they will most likely answer sugar cane or sugar beets because that is what most people are familiar with. Yet, sugar is … Read more

Synthetic Fuels

When we speak of oil dependence, in the context of energy independence, we are talking about dependence on foreign governments to supply our nation’s oil—which effectively gives those governments control over the U.S. economy as well as influence over U.S. political and legislative outcomes. Energy independence is not about ending the use of petroleum, nor is it … Read more

Renewable Energy from the Ocean

“Oceans cover more than 70% of Earth’s surface, making them the world’s largest solar collectors. The sun’s heat warms the surface water a lot more than the deep ocean water, and this temperature difference creates thermal energy. Just a small portion of the heat trapped in the ocean could power the world. Oceans also produce mechanical … Read more

America’s Hydrocarbon Wealth

Clean Hydrocarbons The widespread availability of cheap mechanical power unleashed the industrial revolution, altering the course of human history. Modern civilization began with the industrial revolution and will continue its advance until all nations have the technology and standard of living that defines the modern world. Global communication and modern transportation systems have changed the geo-economic … Read more

Fuel Efficiency

Fuel efficiency means doing more with less. Efficiency is achieved by improving technology so that less energy is consumed while getting the same or better results. A new automobile that gets better gas mileage without reducing power or performance is an example of how advances in technology can save energy by increasing efficiency, rather than … Read more