The Beat Goes On

By Mike Bryan | April 16, 2013

With all of the opposition surrounding biofuels, we just keep slogging on through the mud like old work horses. Thousands of people still show up at conferences, with unbridled enthusiasm. Groups continue to get dollars to conduct more cutting-edge research into advanced biofuels. Almost every day, new developments in the production of biofuels are announced, making biofuel production better, faster and cheaper.

In short, despite the exaggerations, misrepresentations and, in some cases, outright lies, biofuels continue to gain headway in the market. It’s an idea at its golden moment in time and despite drought and floods, there is little anyone can do to stop it.

There are those who would question my optimism, given that we seem to have stalled out a bit given the headwinds we are currently facing. I would say to them, be patient, time is on the side of renewable energy. 

There have been many times over the past 30 years that I thought this may be it, it’s over for biofuels. Then, through the efforts of those representing us in Washington and in the various states, a few things change and we begin moving forward once again. I am convinced beyond question that we will continue to make headway despite the adversity. 

There are times in life when you just know you are on the right side of the issue. Now is one of those times. I’m not being an optimistic old fool, I’m just going by history. As it has time and time again, no matter what befalls this industry, somehow, The Beat Goes On!

That’s the way I see it. 

Author: Mike Bryan
Chairman, BBI International
mbryan@bbiinternational.com