Biodiesel

Pros Vs. Cons

Pros

Summary: Biodiesel costs less, is more readily available and renewable, reduces the dependence on foreign oil, and produces less carbon emissions.


Biodiesel costs less than gasoline all over the world, as the supply of gasoline is going down and biodiesel is becoming more readily available.


It can be made in the United States, meaning that if it becomes more popular than gasoline, it could reduce the country's need to import fuel from foreign countries.


Biodiesel produces less carbon than gasoline, meaning less air pollution and greenhouse-gases.

Cons

Summary: Biodiesel may use more energy and create more pollution, as well as cause a lack of food and water.


Some studies have shown that biodiesel actually uses more energy to make than it is able to give. This would mean that it is not cost-effective.


While it is generally agreed upon that biodiesel is better for the environment than gasoline, the process of making it is not. In order to get the vegetable oil, farming equipment is used during harvests and produces carbon.


Biodiesel is less expensive than gasoline, but the money needed to start up the industry would be substantial.


A lack of food and a rise in food prices could be seen if biodiesel was put into higher production because it is made from food products. There would be a higher demand and less supply.


Water used to grow the plants would mean a problem similar to that seen with food. Water would become even more in demand and supply would have trouble keeping up.

Source

Skye, Jared. "Advantages and Disadvantages of Biofuels." LoveToKnow.

LoveToKnow Corp., 2012. Web. 22 Apr. 2015.