Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Serious note about Gas Crisis

Update to this post:

My wife said:

I would be in favor of supporting ethanol if it weren't such an inferior alternative fuel source.


Worse, a new study by Washington State University researchers—just published in Bioscience—says that U.S. ethanol yields only about 10 percent more energy than it takes to make it. That means most of the effort and cash invested in the ethanol plants is wasted.

To get even that, we're having to subsidize the ethanol to the tune of 50 to 70 cents per gallon, or 60-80 percent more cost per mile of driving than a gallon of gasoline before the recent oil price spike.

Worst of all, the Washington State bioscientists say it takes about 2.4 acres of land growing corn to support a car driving for a year on E85—gasoline with 15 percent ethanol mixed in. If we ran even 10 percent of our cars on the ethanol mix, that would take about 48 million more acres of good cropland away from Nature—or 100 million acres of poor cropland. U.S. national forests total only 191 million acres.

Just say no to ethanol, and let's use those research dollars for something that is truly useful!

I have to agree with Jill. She is all for alternative fuel, it looks like ethanol is not the way to go though...

Original post:

We really should do our best to support alternative forms of energy, oil, and gas.

I just saw a really cool Google Bombing campaigning regarding this. I found it here. What you do is insert the following box:

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onto your site or blog to support ethanol as a natural alternative to oil and gass. I am about to add it to this blog.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Watch the interview with Vinod Khosla...

3:55 PM  

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