Automobile emissions
There are nearly 260 million passenger vehicles on our roads today. The exhaust from these carbon dioxide-emitting vehicles is regarded as a primary cause of climate change. Advocates say the next best thing to eliminating internal combustion engines and burning fossil fuels is to increase vehicle efficiency and burn clean fuels. Critics cite the cost of pollution control technology to consumers. Supporters warn of the increasing number of vehicles on the road each day. Most say that continued reduction of vehicle emissions will be difficult to achieve without the development of new fuel technologies. Biofuels are fuels produced from living organisms such as plants. Sometimes, fermentation is used to extract sugars and starches in crops such as corn to produce ethanol. However, it is debated whether emissions from the production and use of ethanol are less than from oil. There is also concern over the price of food, as a third of our corn crop is diverted to ethanol production. Algae that are used in the production of biodiesel are an example of an advanced biofuel. The most promising of these advanced fuels could be cellulosic biofuels, high energy fuels derived from low nutrient, high yield plants such as woody biomass, energy gasses, forest slash and agriculture waste.

Pending Legislation:
H.R.704 - RFS Reform Act of 2015

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