Alternative Energy’s Progression in Limbo

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Let’s face it, gasoline prices haven’t been ideal in over a decade. In the late 90s, drivers grumbled when gasolines prices brimmed at just over a dollar in many states. In 2014, drivers are grateful to see anything lower than $2.50. The question of when oil will be replaced with a more pocket-friendly alternative energy is becoming a popular topic, but attempts to change it remain stagnant.

The blame for this phenomenon has been thrown everywhere. Oil companies, strife in the Middle East, car companies that are reluctant to create more fuel efficient vehicles. The demand for alternative energy is obvious, but everyone cringes once the shadow of fossil fuel reminds consumers their economic dependence on oil production. Of course, there are talented scientists tapping into some odd but potentially effective alternative energy projects- floating wind farms, reprocessing coffee grounds into biodiesel, and even capturing methane emissions from cows. But these projects have yet to produce a reliable form of energy that could effectively cater to billions like fossil fuel has.

Adding ethanol to gasoline was a step in the right direction when it comes to oil affordability. With  on-road vehicles causing 75 percent of carbon monoxide pollution in the country, ethanol softens the blow of car pollution without taking away the potency of oil. According to Autoblog Green, the chemical compound in ethanol generates higher octane ratings and is relatively cheap to manufacture. (http://green.autoblog.com/2009/08/13/greenlings-why-is-there-ethanol-in-gasoline/)

Unfortunately, ethanol production is on the decline. The Environmental Protection Service (EPA) is currently on the defense as lawmakers are making cuts in the amounts of biofuel required by law to be blended in the country’s fuel supply. To put it simply, ethanol could mean higher prices. Consumers who are already disgruntled with current gas prices won’t be pleased with prices in the months ahead as the amount of ethanol drop in every gas station across the nation, making those electric charging stations more alluring.

Perhaps we’ll see more Teslas on the road this year.

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