Randall Parker and David Victor on Ethanol Policy

Lynne Kiesling

Randall Parker at FuturePundit has a post noting Stanford economist David Victor’s analyses of ethanol, as found in this Technology Review interview with him. I generally agree with David’s remarks (we met several years ago in Mexico, and he has lots of expertise in energy and environment, particularly in developing countries), and with Randall when he says

I’d like to repeat what is surely a familiar refrain for long time FuturePundit readers: We’d be better off accelerating battery, nuclear, and photovoltaics technologies. They’ll eventually provide cheaper energy than ethanol. Plus, they’ll use a much smaller land footprint and produce less pollution than ethanol produced from agriculture.


4 thoughts on “Randall Parker and David Victor on Ethanol Policy

  1. I don’t have the fine granularity to modify snap’s activities, and to the extent that I can modify them, I haven’t yet because I’m still playing around with it. I’m not sure how I like snap yet.

  2. Ethanol is such,,,,for Bush’s alcohol problem… It is part of the speculative bubble. And then there is real estate like:
    The latest in rampant real estate speculation in the building of the Bronx Gateway Mall, in the South Bronx. The Gateway Fast Track Unit has been set up at 149th St., near the Major Deegan Expressway to coordinate with the community, employment and quality of life issues involving the Gateway Center Mall under construction. Construction of the Mall has gone on for about a year, from E 149th St to E 153rd St.and River St. and is planned to house one million square feet of retail space. This is on the former site of the Bronx Terminal Market.

    Two meetings were convened by the Gateway Fast Track Unit, at Hostos College on Janurary 4th and 5th, to allow the community to assess the progress of the project. The Fast Track Unit is affiliated with the Bronx Overall Development Corporation (BOEDC), and set up to deal with the South Bronx’s community’s concerns about the Gateway Mall project. A Community Agreement allows people to have a voice in shaping the project. The meetings brought up the need for rats and vermin control and to plant trees in area near the construction.

    for more on http://www.realcrash.com

  3. Ethanol subsidies will create much more harm than good. People with good intentions but ignorant of the realities of the world are dangerous. I am hoping that the Populists who hoisted this foolish subsidy will be swayed when the hear the groans of those they have harmed.

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