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Algal Biofuel Unsustainable For Now

The volatility in the Middle East and rising prices at the pump have increased the attractiveness of alternative energy sources, likebiofuel, but science has not necessarily kept pace with demand. Experts had hoped that algal biofuel would play a role in reducingforeign oil dependence, even the US president recently expressed confidence that it could do so, but his statement appears to have been premature. At the moment, large-scale algal biofuel production requires too much energy, water, land, and fertilizer to be sustainable. Further developments could change this, but for the time being, algae is not a viable commercial source of biofuel. More… Discuss