Articles and publications written by Wayne
- December 7, 2014, Replacing Afghan Poppies with Pomegranates, Wall Street Journal Opinion
- June 10, 2010, Changing How Energy is Sourced and Produced in Afghanistan, Arden-Fox Press Release
- June 10, 2010, Producing and Using Biodiesel in Afghanistan, June 10, 2010, Wayne Arden and John Fox
The paper argues that the U.S. military should partially replace the use of imported petroleum diesel in Afghanistan with locally produced biodiesel. Five benefits could potentially be realized: a reduction in U.S. casualties, savings of millions or billions of dollars a year, freeing up troops dedicated to the management of fuel convoys for other assignments, a reduction in poppy cultivation and thus the opium trade of up to 50%, and finally the creation of a new renewable industry in Afghanistan based on agriculture, Afghanistan’s most important economic sector.
The paper also makes a complementary recommendation that the U.S. should fund the creation of an Afghanistan commodity exchange. A commodity exchange could both support Afghanistan’s critical agricultural sector (including biodiesel crops) and create a new financial industry for Afghanistan.
An executive summary of the paper (five pages) is available here: Afghanistan and Biodiesel, Executive Summary, June 2010
In the press
- October 21, 2010, Syracuse University Partners with Arden-Fox to Support the Advancement of Defense’s Net Zero Energy Initiative, Biofuels Digest
- October 19, 2010, Supporting the Advancement of DoD’s Net Zero Energy Initiative, Biofuel Daily
- October 19, 2010, Syracuse University partners with Arden-Fox on Net-Zero-Energy Initiative Oct 18, 2010, Syracuse University press release
- September 20, 2010, Can biofuels beat drug crops and save lives in Afghanistan?, CNN
- July 13, 2010, Significant role for biodiesel in Afghanistan, Biodiesel Magazine