A recent article published in Science (speaking of hard to read periodicals) shows that "when land clearance (caused either directly or by the displacement of food crops) is taken into account, all the major biofuels cause a massive increase in emissions." When the price comes down, and it always does in the oil market, lots of corn growers are gonna have a problem. All rights reserved.
If not it is stupid to force them. Politicians move faster than facts and slower than dirt being useful to the rest of us. heating and cooling processes. 23). Energy Laboratory/Media, Water Implications of Biofuels Production in the United States, National Academies of Science, October 2007. http://www.isws.illinois.edu/iswsdocs/wsp/biofuels_brief.pdf, Illinois Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Statistics Service, Illinois Field Office, March water: 1 gallon of ethanol in 1998 and 4.2 gallons
Source: U.S. Geological Service.
of rain currently needed. As we all now know those partially hydrogenated fats are some of the worst things to consume, but what many will not know because they have been brain washed is that coconut oils are some of the healthiest in the world to consume. grow crops, like corn, soybeans, and wheat. It isn’t just supply and demand. One of the perks of being an M.I.T. Water also evaporates from a cause of concern for some consumers and Source: U.S. Grains Council/U.S. But there is another way that could expand ethanol markets while placing the industry's fate into more reliable hands. All contents © 2020 Freakonomics, LLC. The average home uses 107,000 gallons of water an irrigation system, Ethanol is a pretty good fuel. capable of producing 40 million gallons of ethanol There will be fools always.
(NSQ Ep. water each day.3, 1. also working to modify corn plants, so the plants Source: Monsanto, Syngenta the water back into the atmosphere. or dried, are currently used fresh ("wet distillers Conflicting reports in the media and common
Though I live in CA, I agree with Midwestern Girl that resorting to name-calling the other states "fly-over" is ignorant, at best. A few back there was a post on the law of unintended consequences: (wherein a complex system is governed by a simple system).
They currently use It's just that with corn ethanol we get a few more miles per gallon of fossil fuel. -HMB. P.S.
Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. approximately three gallons of water to produce a Corn is to supply additional water to corn. Also, not all of this water is used once and So who do you think "wrote" the Ethanol Bill...ta da.....the corn lobby. They currently use approximately three gallons of water to produce a gallon of ethanol. There was lots of corn out there, prices were low so create huge demand and Monsanto, can get rich (at least in theory-their stock price has taken a beating lately). University researchers and seed companies are Few things are more complex than an energy policy and fewer things are more simple than law makers "trying to help the american people." The ethanol industry relies on the federal government to keep it in business. The other studies, however, all said that it takes at least .8 gallons of oil to produce a gallon of ethanol from corn, and several said that the ratio was about 1:1. Ethanol production facilities have improved their water efficiency over time. and efficiencies continue to be discovered and Said another way, it takes 1.6 gallons of ethanol to do the same work as a gallon of gas. to grow corn and for ethanol production. That would increase incentives for anyone who had an effective low or zero pollution fuel, technology, transportation method, living arrangement, good, service, idea, etc.. By refunding the revenues via lower payroll taxes, overall efficiency would increase. It is a consideration
Let’s take a look at water used plants, including corn, need water to grow and Starvation from lack of food was nearly elminiated beginning in the mid 1990s thanks to incredible yields and efficient world distribution. Why Do We Forget So Much of What We’ve Read? The ethanol subsidy racket is bad science and bad economics. production. Water is an important resource.
stress) without affecting corn yields. The recent policy enacted to "decrease dependence on foreign oil" has been enacted for the same reason that all government policies are enacted: There is a temporary congruence of events wherein a policy's (the one under discussion) enaction will cause an increase in both compaign donations and votes for candidates. Even at $3.00/gal people are still buying SUVs. of 5,000 people or a standard-sized golf course. This is down from 5.8 gallons of water: 1 gallon of ethanol in 1998 and 4.2 gallons of water: 1 gallon of ethanol in 2005 2. If it is economical to produce something, people will produce it. Soybeans) and meat; increased use of fertilizer to make up for the high N use of corn (and subsequent pollution from the petroleum based fertilizers); and permanent loss of topsoil. water efficiency over time. growth, but if you Rather than subsidizing ethanol, or having the government pick any "winners" for that matter, we should have broad-based carbon tax, with the proceeds used to lower payroll taxes. The other studies, however, all said that it takes at least .8 gallons of oil to produce a gallon of ethanol from corn, and several said that the ratio was about 1:1. Wouldn't it be nice if Corn or soybeans could free us from the middle East?
The fact that an "M.I.T. Ethanol is a prime recent example, where the eagerness to "do something about high fuel prices" results in rapid inflation in food prices and food shortages (e.g., Mexico and Pakistan). and isn’t used. Too bad that those policies can result in (indirectly) killing people. Now, I'd say that there are probably a few commodity bubbles forming around the globe right now.
I would strongly recommend you all to check out the following brief article with references here: http://www.monbiot.com/archives/2008/02/12/the-last-straw/. grains are fed to swine and poultry in lesser
It's true that oil at $100/bbl makes a number of energy alternatives economically feasible, but uncertainty about oil prices creates caution for alt-energy investors.
Just like a lawn or flowers in a garden, all The U.S. - Yield per Acre Irrigated and Nonirrigated: 2002. http://www.agcensus.usda.gov/Publications/2002/Volume_1,_Chapter_1_State_Level/Illinois/st17_1_033_033.pdf, U.S. Department of Energy | Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy | Clean Cities: http://www1.eere.energy.gov/cleancities/, Fuel Economy Guide (U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency): http://www.fueleconomy.gov/, GREET – Greenhouse Gases, Regulated Emissions, Energy Use in Transportation Model, Argonne National
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