Biodiesel: A Blessing … Or A Curse?

Over the course of the past several years a great deal has been written and reported in the media about biodiesel.  In point of fact, the shear volume of information that presently is available pertaining to biodiesel actually can make the whole debate over this type of fuel particularly confusing.  In addition, for individuals who have at least some interest in making a financial investment in alternative fuels as well as ground breaking energy technologies, making decisions pertaining to biodiesel can be problematic.

Understanding this state of affairs, this article is presented to provide you with a clear cut analysis of whether or not biodiesel is a blessing or a curse in the marketplace today.  Moreover, this article is designed to assist an individual in making an informed and educated decision pertaining to monetary investments in biodiesel related resources and technologies.

At the outset it must be noted that on some levels biodiesel has experienced mixed reviews since its more widespread introduction onto the marketplace.  Yes, there are plenty of mixed reviews, but let’s not sound the alarm just yet.  Rather, in order to properly evaluate the place biodiesel likely will hold in the future, it is necessary to reasonably consider how biodiesel is being critiqued at this juncture in time.  Biotechnology innovators have turned seemingly lackluster clinical trial results into tremendous achievements time and again through patience and commitment to fellow scientist’s research.

First, those individuals who are concerned about the environment are consistent in applauding the introduction of biodiesel onto the market.  Emissions associated with biodiesel do cause less damage to the environment than is the case with traditional diesel fuel.

Second, many people predicted that with the introduction of biodiesel onto the market the costs associated with this type of fuel would stabilize or perhaps even decrease.  Generally speaking, this has yet to be experienced.  While some people continue to hold out hope that as the use of biodiesel expands further, there will be a noticeable drop in the costs associated with this and traditional diesel fuel.

Third, there is no a growing concern being expressed by a number of experts that the amount of corn and other crops that are being diverted to biofuels is causing a significant increase in the price of food.  The reality is that anyone who has spent any time at all in a grocery market over the course of the past eighteen months has noted the sometimes sharp increase in many food items.  In the final analysis, many experts and biotech veterans have come to agree while transportation costs (associated with rising petroleum prices) are playing some role in the rising costs of food, the real culprit very well may be the amount of corn (particularly corn which is widely used in the production of a variety of foods – including beef, pork and chicken) that is being used for biofuels, including biodiesel.

In the final analysis, it is anticipated that more cropland will be dedicated to biofuels, including biodiesel, in order to lower and offset the impact the corn diversion has had on the costs of eatable foodstuffs.  Therefore, investing in technologies related to biodiesel likely will be sound in the long run despite some rockier moments over the course of the coming year or so.

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