Energy Efficiency and Biofuels: Some Things Never Change

“It’s like déjà vu all over again,” baseball great Yogi Berra once said. It is one of my favorite “Yogi-isms,” and it is the one that came to mind when I ran across a copy of the August 1908 issue of The Engineering Magazine. According to the front cover, the publication was “Specially Devoted to the Interests of Engineers, Superintendents & Managers.” The titles of two of the articles immediately jumped out at me because they appeared to still be topical: “Efficiency as a Basis for Operation and Wages” and “Alcohol as a Fuel for Internal-Combustion Engines.”

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