The dependence of the United States on crude oil might eliminated if it can make synthetic fuel from the combo of natural gas, non-food crops, and coal. This is the belief of a team of scientists from Princeton University.
Aside from the economic benefits, the use of non-food crops may contribute to the decline of greenhouse emissions from tailpipes of vehicles. This can be done by as much as 50% through several decades.
The transportation system of the country will also not have problems with synthetic fuels. These fuels will be compatible for use with most vehicles today. The synthetic fuels actually have similar physical properties that can be likened to refined crude oil..
The research done by these experts involving synthetic fuels look into how the U.S. will do in case it transitions to the use of synthetic fuels. The team of experts also looked into the effects of non-crop plants that will be used as raw materials and ideal places where they can be planted plus areas which will not implement high taxes.
The goal is set to decrease the carbon dioxide emissions by as much as 50% and produce enough fuel so the country will not be dependent on crude oil. Then the scientists asked if the goal can be achieved and if it can be achieved in an economically possible way. The answer is yes to both of these concerns.
The scientists though admit that it will not be an easy process and the transition to synthetic fuel will not be quick. They foresee the United States to adopt this new way only after three to four decades.