Thursday, October 18, 2007

Ethanol Schmethanol

Although the title of this post would lead you to believe that I am only going to address Ethanol in my talk today - that is not the case. I want to provide a framework and some numbers for thinking about the environmental trade-offs associated with different ways of producing biofuels. In the end, however, its - ethanol schmethanol. I did a back of the envelope calculation for the cost of removing one ton of CO2 by subsidizing corn ethanol in the US and it is costing taxpayers about $500 per ton of mitigated emissions of CO2.

Sunday, October 14, 2007


This is me and Zach after the race yesterday. I finished 243rd out of almost 900. Not bad for an old man. More importantly I got to spend time with family and raise money for autism research. Obviously, its never too late to donate.

Tune in tomorrow for the premier of Ethanol Schmethanol.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Ethanol, schmethanol - The Economist, schmomonimist

I am heading back to Lexington, VA next week to speak at the COVES conference (Commonwealth of Virginia Energy and Sustainability). I have been asked to speak about Ethanol and its potential environmental externalities. The tentative title for my talk was Ethanol, schmethanol, but I was concerned this would be a little cavalier of me - then it happened. I opened up the latest issue of the Economist this evening and sure enough an article on biofuels titled Ethanol, schmethanol. Well, I am still using the title - so there you have it - Economist, schmomonimist!! Stay tuned for a sneak peak at my presentation.

Friday, October 05, 2007

Updated Syllabus Again

Here is the latest version. Great conversation yesterday, not what we had planned, but sometimes the best laid plans...... Have a great Fall break.