I am elated to read about the Phillips 66 Rodeo refinery signing off on their project to convert one of the largest oil refineries on the West Coast to 100 percent biofuels. This follows the announcement a month ago that Chevron was buying a biofuels leader, Renewable Energy Group, to add a complete biofuels production potential to their product mix.
The wheels in the oil and gas world turn slowly but once they start turning, they accelerate quickly, in effect allowing the consumer in America to keep his fleet of internal combustion engines intact and preserving the infrastructure of gas stations, heating and other benefits of the now much cleaner fossil fuels.
It’s called doing the right thing by mitigating the carbon content of fuels. Rich and Third World countries now have the time to implement these new fuels from locally owned and controlled sources instead of depending on far-off and often inimical lands. This decision I predict is a harbinger of the slow change to cleaning our planet of a major source of climate change and will put us back on track to meet the targets of Kyoto, Paris and other world conferences.