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Can Biofuels Replace Fossil Fuels?

Seçkin Esen is working as an English language teacher in Turkey. He obtained his Bachelor's degree in ELT from Hacettepe University in 2010.

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The Efficiency of Biofuels

Biofuels are alternative energy sources produced from plants like corn, sugar cane or other crops. It is explicit that biofuels which are used to meet our energy needs will become major contributors to energy supply in the modern world, but there has recently been a debate over its benefits. The question is: will they help us overcome the disadvantages of fossil fuels?

First, ethanol is a fuel made of plants which can reduce pollution in cities because it produces fewer emissions than fossil fuels. This means they are cleaner than gasoline and friendly to the environment. This fact supports the idea that biofuels should be used more to replace fossil fuels and to reduce the pollution caused by fossil fuels. However, this does not mean that they will not contribute to the air pollution in cities because ethanol is less efficient than gasoline. Less energy is produced out of ethanol than the same amount of gasoline. To be more precise, if you are using biofuels instead of fossil fuels you burn more fuel to travel the same distance.

Next, biofuels are renewable fuels and they will not run out like fossil fuels. We can always grow plants as long as there is enough agricultural land. However, growing more plants for biofuels is a controversial issue because vast amounts of land and water are needed to produce oil. If we consider the land availability for the production of biofuels, we can see that we do not have enough agricultural lands as they are being used to meet the demand for food. Biofuel production has also raised food prices. This has encouraged researchers to develop new technologies to reduce the effect biofuel industries have on food production and cost.

© 2012 Seckin Esen

Comments

IG from Abuja on September 21, 2020:

Precise! I think there's more to be done in this field otherwise, we have to consider improving on other resources like the solar.

Cheers Seckin.

Seckin Esen (author) from Ankara, Turkey on March 01, 2014:

I hope so :) Thank you for the comment THarman7.

Terry Harman from Lacey Washington on February 28, 2014:

Great hub, lets hope they find a cheaper way to fuel our cars soon!

Seckin Esen (author) from Ankara, Turkey on December 17, 2012:

Yes, I definitely agree with you. Thank you for your comment Chad Chering.

Chad from London on December 17, 2012:

Interesting hub, I think Bio fuels will be a thing of the future.