- "...the bulk of new biofuel production needs to come from advanced biofuels (algae, cellulosic)."
The International Energy Association
- "The Saudi assistant petroleum minister had expressed concern that Saudis could be "greened out" of the U.S. fuel market by biofuels like ethanol."
U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, 2010.
- "...this legislation would also ensure progress made to commercialize advanced ethanol technologies utilizing new feedstocks... is accelerated."
The American Coalition for Ethanol, Growth Energy, the National Corn Growers Association, and the Renewable Fuels Association
- "...what would happen to US gasoline prices if ethanol production came to an immediate halt. Under a very wide range of parameters, the estimated gasoline price increase would be of historic proportions, ranging from 41% to 92%."
Center for Agricultural and Rural Development Iowa State University
- "Another substitute for oil that holds tremendous promise is renewable biofuels...made from things like switchgrass, wood chips, and biomass."
- "I'm a big supporter of biofuels. But one of the things that's become clear is, is that we need to accelerate our basic research in ethanol and other biofuels that are made from things like woodchips..."
In summary, the key environmental features associated with the Woodland process include:
- No toxic residues
- Low greenhouse gas emissions
- Direct replacement for fossil fuels
- CO2 emission reduction credits
- Significant positive contribution to energy equation
The Woodland conversion system operates as a closed-loop process, with no discharges of emissions or materials that could cause environmental damage. The closed-loop engineering is a key feature in that it both minimizes the environmental footprint, but also results in modest waste and by-product, which is a key reason behind the high conversion yield from wood waste to ethanol.
There are three major environmental problems facing the world today:
- Waste Disposal: Disposal of an ever-increasing accumulation of biomass and biosolids waste generated by industry and society. Focus is shifting from traditional wasteful solutions such as dumping or burning to finding beneficial use of these renewable resources to replace fossil fuels.
- Consumption of Fossil Fuels: Rising consumption and unstable costs of fossil fuels which provide the majority of electrical power, fuels and industrial raw materials - a situation that is aggravated on this continent by the exhaustion of reserves and the supply chain problems highlighted by the political instability in the Middle East.
- Climate Change: Requirements to reduce and eliminate toxic and greenhouse gas emissions, contributed largely from insufficient use of clean-burning fuels (i.e. gasoline), consumption of fossil fuels, and the conventional processes of manufacturing and waste disposal methods.