Neither Renewable Nor Reliable

4 Pages Posted: 2 Nov 2007


If ethanol were to be produced in a truly sustainable manner, it would take all the corn in the United States to displace about 3.5 percent of our gasoline consumption. Furthermore, ethanol would not necessarily be a more reliable source of fuel. By displacing gasoline with ethanol, we are displacing geo-political risk with yield risk, and historical corn yields have been about twice as volatile as oil imports.

Keywords: renewable resources, reliable resources, gasoline, ethanol, corn, sustainable energy, james eaves, stephen eaves, energy policy, USDA, fuel, eco-friendly

JEL Classification: Q18, Q21, Q26, Q28, Q31, Q32, Q33, Q38, Q41, Q42

Suggested Citation

Eaves, James and Eaves, Stephen, Neither Renewable Nor Reliable. Regulation, Vol. 30, No. 3, Fall 2007, Available at SSRN:

James Eaves (Contact Author)

Université Laval ( email )

Stephen Eaves

Eaves Devices ( email )

Charlestown, RI 02813
United States

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