As goes California, so goes the country, it is said. Let's hope. If clean, renewable energy and new forestry/ecosystem benefits continue to have 'traction' with the new generation, a post-peak oil, climate-variable future will be manageable.
If the RAND Corp is attempting to cast doubt on the use of biofuels in the military because 'its not environmentally or economically sound', that is pretty weak. Compared to what, Middle East oil?
The certification and endorsement by the DOD of advanced biofuels is a huge vote of confidence for investors and developers taking the risks and moving things forward. However, the best opportunity lies in providing fuels for rapidly-developing nations, using feedstocks like Jatropha, growing close to market. My client, a developer planting high-yield hybrid Jatropha in Africa, derives benefit from the US military's enthusiasm for diversifying its fuel supplies, but in the end the tangibles will be enjoyed by partners, communities and end-users in Kenya (currently a 100% net importer of petroleum oil).