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Replacing the Whole Barrel

April 5, 2012DanBioenergyComments Off

“When the price of oil goes up, we push the panic button. When the price of oil goes down, we push the snooze button. And this is not a really good plan.” – Secretary of Energy Steven Chu

As the country currently spends $1 billion a day on crude oil, the country is crucially looking for products that may play a key role in diversifying US energy supplies and improving economic security. Specifically in Minnesota’s heavy agricultural state, biomass is showing alternatives to this crude oil reliance. In order to do this, the full use and implications of both crude oil and biomass need to be discussed.

The U.S. Office for Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy’s Biomass Program has recently developed a “Replacing the Whole Barrel” widget that easily conveys a variety of information on the topic including the different kinds of products made from crude oil and what alternatives biomass can offer. Check it out and explore more about what biomass can do.

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