Competing Interests Expected at Biofuels Conference

Some tout biofuels as the answer to America’s energy addiction.
Others are not convinced.
Many believe certain biofuels cause more harm than good. In the midst of this ongoing debate, biofuels is making its mark on the world and Oklahoma.
Stakeholders in the Sooner State’s biofuels industry consider them a bright future. Competing interests are making their concerns heard and both sides will be addressed at the Oklahoma Biofuels Conference Nov. 12-13 in Oklahoma City.
The federal government has mandated the annual production of 36 billion gallons of renewable fuels, including at least 16 billion gallons of cellulosic biofuels, by 2022, increasing pressure and attention on land, water and food sources.
Unlike the corn-belt states, Oklahoma is focusing on cellulosic biomass from non-food crops to create ethanol and seed oil to create biodiesel. These non-food sources include plant material from grasses, forage, crop residue, forestry waste and other cellulosic, plant-based sources.



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