Biofuels

Historical Perspectives and Public Opinions

Authored by: Ram Sarup Singh , Amandeep Kaur Walia

Biofuels

Print publication date:  October  2016
Online publication date:  November  2016

Print ISBN: 9781498723596
eBook ISBN: 9781315370743
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/9781315370743-2

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Abstract

Since the dawn of the mankind, biofuels have been used and have marked their presence from the time fire was discovered. Today, with rising crude oil prices and various environmental challenges and political instability, there is an urgent need to explore new alternatives to fossil fuels. Over the past 15 years, biofuels have been extensively researched, produced, and used in solid, liquid, and gaseous forms. During its long history, biofuel production had many peaks and valleys, and currently has the potential to replace the supply of fossil fuels for an energy-hungry civilization. Further, the acceptance of a technology depends on public opinion. Over the years, despite large-scale investments in biofuel expansion and research, little is known regarding public opinions of biofuels. How the public perceives this alternative fuel technology and on what basis their opinions are formed is necessary to determine its future stability. The current chapter focuses on historical perspectives of biofuels and public opinion regarding biofuels considering various risk–benefit perceptions. Public opinions in different regions and regarding second-generation biofuels has also been discussed.

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