Tuesday, March 11, 2008

food for thought: food for fuel...

Normally, dear reader, I try to stick to topics ranging from the inane to the infantile... but this one thing has been getting under my skin for a while - so now you get to hear me vent.

The worst bandwagon this country's energy dimwits have jumped on in the last century.

For the first time in history, the price of corn is now tracking the price of oil. Why? Because our law-makers (Clinton started it) have done gone an given farmers a bunch of cheddar to grow corn to turn into fuel. Why is this a bad idea? Please check out the following links to understand why. PLEASE. I'm not well-spoken or motivated enough to re-hash it all here.

At the end of the day, ethanol will only give us 2.8% energy independence (and at what cost - food costs, pollution from agricuture, ethanol takes more energy to make than it produces in your engine, etc. etc.) and it DOES NOT REDUCE GREEN HOUSE GASES.

Why is this important now? Even our 2 possible Executive branch saviors are touting the benefits of this "technology".

Barack (www.barackobama.com/issues/energy/#set-america-on-path-to) says:
  • Deploy Cellulosic Ethanol: Obama will invest federal resources, including tax incentives, cash prizes and government contracts into developing the most promising technologies with the goal of getting the first two billion gallons of cellulosic ethanol into the system by 2013.
  • Expand Locally-Owned Biofuel Refineries: Less than 10 percent of new ethanol production today is from farmer-owned refineries. New ethanol refineries help jumpstart rural economies. Obama will create a number of incentives for local communities to invest in their biofuels refineries.
Billary (www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/energy/) says:
  • Aggressive action to transition our economy toward renewable energy sources, with renewables generating 25 percent of electricity by 2025 and with 60 billion gallons of home-grown biofuels available for cars and trucks by 2030;
I mean, hell, I'll still vote for one of them, but the Legislative branch will have to hear the cry eventually. Corn is good eatin', and it helps us with our morning constitutional, but it should stay out of our gas tanks.


Rosie said...

ATTN: Stonge Bear

(he likes corn)

huber said...

I'm partial to the corn liquor myself!

IF Chicks said...

They used to add t-buyl methyl ether(TBME) to gas to boost octane, but it was getting into groundwater.. now they add ethanol, not great, but car engines wouldn't run very well w/out octane boost (we can't go back to organic lead addictives).

I do agree that pursuing ethanol or biofuels (that are not waste products) are a poor use of land and resources.