It Doesn't Add Up

Ethanol is a very bad joke

U.S. ethanol production in 2006 was roughly the equivalent of 64 million barrels of oil.

The U.S. consumes 7.5 billion barrels of oil a year.

So ethanol -- good ol' impractical, highly subsidized, uses-up-farmland, costs-more-to-make-it-than-it's-worth ethanol -- gave us about three days worth of alternative energy*.

Just 362 days left to go!

Let's see, direct solar ought to be worth a couple days. So now we're down to 360.

Then there's...there's...there's... Hmm... Oh, wait -- my dreams! We can burn my dreams for energy!

*This is a generous figure. Making ethanol actually requires the consumption of...wait for it...petroleum. - Brian Flemming

Pinget Pinget
36-40, F
4 Responses Aug 15, 2007

Ethanol is definately not the answer. I just did a research paper on the negative effects of ethanol and I do not like what I found. We all know it is made from corn, we get it from Mexico. Corn is a food staple in Mexico! The prices are rising astronomically, and people can not afford it. What is our government thinking? These people are going to starve because we want to think clean and who cares if people waste away because of it, it's not in our country? I'm sorry this is so wrong!!!! As one of the people in the documentary that I saw said,"It's like making fuel out of rice in China."<br />
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Here is the link to the doc titled Tortillanomics it is very interesting.<br />
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http://www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/fellows/mexico_2008/

I don't understand why we won't even LOOK into nuclear energy?? i understand they have problems with getting rid of the waste and what not but I mean seriously look at europe! it's not like they have radioactive crap in their backyards!! and if we use uranium there are so many commercial uses for depleted uranium that it's a win win situation there!

Ethanol and Hydrogen are the darlings of the media as far as alternative fuel goes, but from all the research I have seen, neither are viable. Ethanol barely releases more energy that it takes to produce, and would cost many time more than gas currently does if not for government subsidies. Hydrogen lacks a viable storage solution. Carbon nano tubes look promising, but thats years away.

Brazil has been using ethanol for years and they can't get it to work right.<br />
All ethanol has done is raise corn prices that in turn have made all other products more expensive.<br />
It's made the price of soy skyrocket because no one is growing it.<br />
It's made the price of all meats and dairy products go up because it's more expensive to feed the animals.<br />
What makes it worse is that Central American countries are now suffering because they sell all their corn to us and the price of corn and corn based products (i.e. tortillas) are too high for the average person to buy.<br />
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How about Diesel? or even better Bio-Diesel?<br />
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Seriously Diesel could be the clean alternative of the future.