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A Clear Look at Biofuels

With careful attention to these issues, business and government leaders around the world can develop a sustainable approach to biofuels that makes the most of biofuel's economic and environmental advantages.

Author Profiles:

Bill Jackson is a senior vice president with Booz Allen Hamilton in Chicago. He works on major organizational change programs, including restructurings, postmerger integrations, and growth, for a variety of industrial clients, especially in the global automotive industry.
Eric Spiegel is a senior vice president with Booz Allen in McLean, Va. He leads the firm’s work in global energy and utilities.
Leslie Moeller is a vice president with Booz Allen in Cleveland. He leads the firm’s North American work in the consumer, media, and retail industries, and previously led the firm’s global efforts in marketing and sales.
Also contributing to this article were Booz Allen Senior Associate Praneet Gupta, Booz Allen Principal Martha Turner, and Frank Bogaert.
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  1. Fengxia Dong, “Food Security and Biofuels Development: The Case of China" (PDF), Iowa State University Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, Briefing Paper No. 07-BP 52, October 2007: The background, history, and current state of biofuels development in China, and implications for other developing countries.
  2. Richard Doornbosch and Ronald Steenblik, "Biofuels: Is the Cure Worse than the Disease?" (PDF) Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Roundtable on Sustainable Development, September 2007: A report on the facts and myths surrounding biofuels.
  3. "Biofuels for Transport: An International Perspective" (PDF),  International Energy Agency, April 2004: The costs and benefits of biofuels as a replacement for petroleum around the world.
  4. "Potential Contribution of Bioenergy to the World’s Future Energy Demand" (PDF), International Energy Agency Bioenergy, 2007: A summary of biomass resources and associated issues of market development, international bioenergy trade, and how these resources stack up against other energy options.
  5. World Resources Institute’s EarthTrends Web site: A collection of facts, articles, and documents relating to environmental trends and concomitant social and economic issues.
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