The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) is hosting an Ethanol Energy Open Forum next week in which Bruce Dale, a Michigan State University professor, and John Sheehan, a senior engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, will debate David Pimentel, a Cornell University professor, and Tad Patzek, a professor from University of California–Berkeley, on the merits of the latter two’s recent energy balance study.
That study slammed both ethanol and biodiesel as “not sustainable”(earlier post).
NCGA organized the event on 23 Aug at the National Press Club in an effort to refute the study...or at least to provide a counterbalance to the publicity the study generated. (The event, from the National Press Club’s point of view, is a third-party news conference.)
The debate portion of the program will be followed by a session on the promise of renewable fuels. The second session, called “Renewable Energy: Dynamic Possibilities,” will feature presentations by representatives from the US Department of Agriculture, Argonne National Laboratory and several other ethanol experts.
This forum is all about solutions. On one hand, we have critics of renewable energy who manipulate numbers to create worst-case scenarios and criticize the potential impact of renewable energy and biofuels. On the other hand, the public will finally get to hear about solutions and what biofuels can and are doing to help with our energy problems.
We are very confident in our facts and science, and that is why we want our opportunity in front of the public microphone to tell the true and accurate story about biofuels and renewable energy.—Rick Tolman, CEO, National Corn Growers Association
It’s not clear at this point if there will be a webcast or a public transcript.