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Motion: "This house believes that biofuels, not electricity, will power the car of the future."
Are biofuels the answer to sustainable transport?
Live dates: May 22nd-29th
Current round: Opening
Our debate on biofuels starts today. Our speakers have posted their opening statements. Now it is over to you. What's your view?
Moderator's comments The age of oil is drawing towards its close. The question is, what will replace it as the source of motive power? Recently, two ideas from the dawn of motoring have been revived: battery-powered electric cars and cars powered by ethanol. These two approaches were driven off the road as more oil was found and an oil-based infrastructure achieved economies of scale. Now, however, both are back. But they use very different technological approaches and, in the long run, it is doubtful there is room for both. Which do you think will come out on top?
Pro: Alan Shaw "Most cars of the future will be powered like the cars of today. It is the fuel that will be different." Read more
Con: Sidney Goodman "Unlike other alternative fuel solutions, the science and technology exist today to make mass-market electric cars a reality." Read more
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Geoff Carr Debate Moderator Science and Technology Editor The Economist
Geoff Carr Science and Technology Editor, The Economist
Defending the motion
Alan Shaw President & Chief Executive Officer, Codexis