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Examining The Impacts Of Switchgrass Derived Biofuels On U.S. Biofuel Policy And The Potential Environmental Ethical Dilemmas

Abstract Overall, biofuels play a significant role in future energy sourcing and deserve thorough researching and examining for their best use in achieving sustainable goals. National and state policies are supporting biofuel production as a sustainable option without a holistic view of total impacts. The analysis from this research connects to policies based on life cycle sustainability to identify other environmental impacts beyond those specified in the policy as well as ethical issues that are a concern. A Life cycle assessment (LCA) of switchgrass agriculture indicates it will be challenging to meet U.S. Renewable Fuel Standards with only switchgrass cellulosic ethanol, yet may be used for California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard. Ethical dile... (more)
Created Date 2014
Contributor Harden, Cheyenne Lillian (Author) / Landis, Amy E (Advisor) / Allenby, Braden (Committee member) / Khanna, Vikas (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Sustainability / Environmental engineering / Agriculture engineering / Biofuel / Environmental Ethics / LCA / Switchgrass
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 77 pages
Language English
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Note Masters Thesis Civil and Environmental Engineering 2014
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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