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.