With Mr. Bush set to announce his call to cut gasoline usage by 20% tonight during the SOTU address, I thought it would be a good time to discuss the
Stepping back and taking in the big picture, I don't like the idea of using food to produce fuel for vehicles. Saw a little triva fact on the news
last night. The amount of corn required to produce 32 gallons of ethanol (enough to fill pick-up or SUV) will feed one person for one year.
Corn prices are already rising steeply.
To make the existing oil last a little longer, and reduce our dependence on foreign oil, we are going to move away from a resource (oil) that has only
2-3 major uses (fuel, lubrication, plastics) and move towards a resource (food) that we all need to survive?
When more and more farmers begin growing corn instead of wheat, barley, alfalfa, soy, hops, etc. because of the huge demand for corn and the high
price it commands, what will happen to the market for these other grains? They will be in short supply and the prices will rise. I, for one, do not
want to pay more for beer and Fritos so that my F-150 can burn E85!
Nonsense. Use the oil, when supplies run low, alternatives that make technical, economic, ecological sense will be devolped. Don't use food to run
And I haven't even gotten into the issue of the energy requirement to produce, trasport, and distill the corn, or the energy required to produce the
fertilizers that will be required, or the detrimental effects of over farming.
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[edit on 1/23/2007 by darkbluesky]