Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Energy and Environment (Jan/Feb 2015, v4 n1 p98–114; DOI: 10.1002/wene.133) / by John M. DeCicco
[From a Climate Wire article by Debra Kahn, sub. req’d] …University of Michigan research professor John DeCicco wrote a study finding that the current method of calculating the carbon emissions associated with transportation fuels is essentially meaningless.
The model, known as “life-cycle analysis,” attempts to incorporate all emissions associated with the production and use of fuels, including those derived from petroleum, natural gas, hydrogen, electricity and plants. It was used in the development of U.S. EPA’s renewable fuels standard and California’s low-carbon fuels standard, each of which seeks to encourage the production of next-generation biofuels from plants other than corn, including soybeans, sugar cane and grasses…