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    The CEC’s “Annotated Bibliography” on Environmental Impacts of Biofuels

    By Keith R | October 5, 2008

    Topics: Biofuels | No Comments »

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    Normally I would not stick an annotated bibliography in the Temas Recommended Reading List, much less do a review of the “bibliography.”  But the North American Commission on Environmental Cooperation (CEC) recently released an “Annotated Bibliography on the Environmental Effects of Biofuels” that I find a bit unusual and noteworthy.

    It’s more like a review of recent literature on the topic in Canada, Mexico and the U.S., with each entry discussing the publication’s main arguments and conclusions,  plus notes on the strengths/weaknesses of the item.  Furthermore, it is all preceded by an overview of the main trendlines noted in the literature.  All of which makes it more useful than the average annotated bibliography, so I’m adding it to the Energy section of the Reading List.

    Much of the bibliography consists of life-cycle studies, i.e., analysis of the cumulative, net impact, from production of the feedstock to tailpipe emissions.  Some, though, focus on particular impacts, such as water use in crop production.  In any case, the studies covered dealt with nearly every environmental aspect except net energy balance, i.e., whether the energy used to produce the biofuel in question exceeds the amount of energy gained from utilizing the biofuel.  Among the issues covered:

    The trends in the studies that the CEC notes are worth quoting here:

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