The Science and Economics of Bio-Fuels

Topic: The Science and Economics of Bio-Fuels

Institution: Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota

Bio: Jason Hill is a McKnight Land-Grant Professor in the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering at the University of Minnesota. He also serves as a Resident Fellow of the University’s Institute on the Environment. His research focuses on the consequences of energy, agriculture and natural resource use from a life-cycle perspective. Dr. Hill’s work on the impact of transportation biofuels has been published in Science and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. He recently served on the National Research Council’s Committee on the Economic and Environmental Impacts of Increasing Biofuels Production. Dr. Hill received his A.B. in Biology from Harvard College and his Ph.D. in Plant Biological Sciences from the University of Minnesota.

Episode Summary: Professor Jason Hill talks about why biofuels might actually be bad for the environment, depending on how, and from what, they are made.


“Renewable Fuel Standard: Potential Economic and Environmental Effects of U.S. Biofuel Policy” from National Academies Press:

University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment:

Jason’s Top Three:

  1. Enough: Why the World’s Poorest Starve in an Age of Plenty — Roger Thurow and Scott Kilman
  2. Galapagos — Kurt Vonnegut
  3. The Visual Display of Quantitative Information — Edward Tufte


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Intro/Outtro Music: Bolling: Suite For Cello And Jazz Piano Trio – Baroque In Rhythm