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When Henry Ford told a New York Times reporter that ethyl alcohol was "the fuel of the future" in 1925, he was expressing an opinion that was widely shared in the automotive industry. "The fuel of the future is going to come from fruit like that sumach out by the road, or from apples, weeds, sawdust -- almost anything," he said. "There is fuel in every bit of vegetable matter that can be fermented. There's enough alcohol in one year's yield of an acre of potatoes to drive the machinery necessary to cultivate the fields for a hundred years."
Ford recognized the utility of the hemp plant. He constructed a car of resin stiffened hemp fiber, and even ran the car on ethanol made from hemp. Ford knew that hemp could produce vast economic resources if widely cultivated.
Many bills proposing a National energy program that made use of Americas vast agricultural resources (for fuel production) were killed by smear campaigns launched by vested petroleum interests. One noteworthy claim put forth by petrol companies was that the U.S. government's plans "robbed taxpayers to make farmers rich".
Originally posted by brodband
This sounds awesome. I cant believe that Ford intended on using Ethyl Alcohol on cars. VERY good idea, and what a smart man. Now if only the world could come to its senses and use this method. The reason I can think of as to why they wouldnt use this method is because of the $1$. Amazing though, great find. I cannot imagine why the United States and other countries wont take advantage of this GREAT oppurtunity. This has to be one of the greatest stories I have heard on AboveTopSecret.com.
Imagine a world, where putting gasoline in your car is something from the past, where growing fruit off of your tree is the fuel to power your world. Introducing Ethyl Alcohol automotivation. No more spills, safe, biodegradable, and better O-Zone. Prepare for the future.