But here's the biggest news of all.
The key biomass technology pursued by
in Mississippi, called Biomass Fluid Catalytic Cracking, or BFCC, could soon produce usable refinery inputs for less than the marginal cost of production for fracked oil,
It's this "compression spread" that has scientists at Texas A&M predicting East Texas will soon become "the Saudi Arabia for biofuels crop production," as reported in
the Liberty County Vindicator.
The process for turning biomass of all kinds into usable refinery feedstocks is coming into view.
All of this means that real energy abundance is here, it's growing and the link between oil prices and economic growth may finally be broken. The oil business won't be replaced, only its feedstocks, while the price of hydrocarbons is going to have to match the cost of getting energy from the wind or the sun, or what we can plant in the ground.
We need to get on the right side of this global trade. That means putting money into infrastructure to get current production the best price. But it also means finding a way to account for the external costs of that production in order to make sure the benefits of growing renewable abundance also come to America.
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