I've been assigned to write a 5 page paper for college, and my professor has asked me to weight the cons/benefits between fossil fuels (FF's) and biofuels.
I'm supposed to...
describe each fuel ...origin, composition, how it's obtained, how accessible it is
Consider sustainability and renewability (e.g., how long are these resources expected to last?).
Consider human and environmental impact (e.g., include some stats on environmental disasters like oil spills and coal mining accidents (don't just say they happen); how using land and fresh water for growing crops to produce bio-ethanol impacts food availability and prices; pollutants emitted by combustion of these fuels and their impact - must include CO2 and impact on global warming/climate change).
So basically, my teacher knows I'm a cyclist and that I'm unlike my other peers that use their cars to get everywhere for everything. I'm only 18, so not a lot of kids
do what I do. So, I wanted to relate this to cycling if I could since it's such a strong passion in my life and something that I advocate strongly for.
I approached her after class about it, and she LOVED the idea and said that the paper was very "open" and that if I could relate it to cycling > driving, or something of the sort that it would be perfectly fine..
I was thinking of the following...
1) Using stationary bikes to power our houses (electricity, power, ect) - Would solve some electricity issues/also help with the obesity epidemic
2) Obviously using bicycles over cars for transportation, which would be better for the environment
If you guys have any other ideas, and or helpful websites for some reading that would be great!