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Biofuels and the Lessons of Easter Island

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Type: Journal Article
Author: Chaves, Antonio R.
Journal: Sustainability
Volume: 1
Page(s): 335-345
Date: 2009
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10535/6656
Sector: Forestry
New Commons
Region: Pacific and Australia
Subject(s): deforestation
biofuels
Abstract: "The return to land-based biofuels ignores the lessons of the past that led to the collapse of civilizations such as that of Easter Island. Even the more efficient ethanol feedstocks such as sugar cane and switchgrass can greatly worsen the environmental damage associated with agriculture because they would require enormous amounts of land to meet US demand for transportation fuel. Too often, style wins over substance because most citizens do not know the basics of well-to-wheel analysis. Therefore, the incorporation of energy literacy into the high school curricula should play a significant role in any comprehensive plan for addressing the energy crisis."

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