I thought I’d offer a sneak peak at three things I identified in an upcoming Biofuels Digest column that the biofuel industry can do in 2012 to fill an impending “oil gap.”
This gap is identified by Cambridge Energy Research Associates, which estimates that by 2030 the world will demand 35 million barrels per day of liquid fuels from unidentified sources.
Here’s what I think everybody involved in biofuels can do this year to accelerate our role in filling that demand:
- First, let’s all come together and realize we’re all in the fuel business. Regardless of feedstock, we need to speak with one voice.
- Second, let’s spend our time in 2012 educating policymakers that oil is oil. It’s in our best economic and security interests to be producing as much of it as we can.
- Third, let us once and for all understand that it is possible in our lifetime to make America a net exporter of fuels–if we leverage all the resources we have, whether it’s oil wells, shale rocks or algae ponds.
The Algal Biomass Organization will continue to educate anyone and everyone who will listen on the potential of algae to be a long term, sustainable and renewable source of domestic fuel.
But I am also calling on all the members in our organization, as well as the entire biofuels ecosystem, to stand up and be heard. Call or write your elected official. Invite your delegation to your lab or your plant. Tell them — or show them — what’s possible, and what’s needed to get there.
Tell them we’re all on the same team. That we’re striking oil all over America, and our wells don’t need digging and never run dry.
Here’s to a great 2012.
Executive Director, Algal Biomass Organization