Grass would be a great source of ethanol, if we had a bacteria or enzyme that could break down cellulose into ethanol. It's being worked on, but it
ain't a reality yet. The sooner the better, I say. I'm tired of this "using corn for fuel" crap. I want to eat it, or to have somebody feed it to
animals that I'll eat. Grass, after all, grows faster than corn.
It's kind of funny, the OP came at the problem the complete wrong way, yet stumbled onto the right answer. We don't turn the corn plant itself into
ethanol; if we did, there wouldn't be any problem. Waste not, want not, after all. No, we turn the edible part of the corn into ethanol, the same way
we make drinkable alcohol. In places where they can grow it, people use sugarcane. It makes meat and animal products and corn expensive, which makes
up a large part of the food industry. All that high fructose corn syrup in all our unhealthy processed food doesn't just come out of thin air, after
Of course, if we could turn grass into ethanol, we could turn corn stalks into ethanol too. Bamboo, too. At that point, you just pick whatever grows
fastest. I've heard switchgrass is a good choice. Algae too.
Originally posted by Realtruth
Only problem guys.
Grass is not a commodity and they can't make money off of it or control it.
At least not yet.
Who says YOU can turn fuel into grass? You can grow all of it you want, it's never going to fuel you car without some kind of controlled, cultured,
engineered bacteria or enzymes to break it down into ethanol. You'll just have grass. Good for a lawn, or golf course, decent for tinder when dry,
not good for much else. Nobody's going to buy your lawn clippings off of you. The stuff grows plenty fast, and anyone who can afford a plant to turn
grass into ethanol has enough money for land. The stuff grows like weeds.
Dead grass probably runs like a buck a ton, so you're not going to make much selling your yard clippings. You'd be better off composting, so you
could grow your own food, which isn't cheap either.
They can control it all they want. You don't want the grass, after all, you want the ethanol. If you want inorganic nitrates for fertilizer, you
can't just pull it out of thin air, but a company with a large chemical plant can, and you buy it from them. They don't control the air, but they
control the inorganic nitrates. The same will be true for ethanol. You probably live on soil that has some amount of iron in it. But you don't dig it
up ands smelt it when you want something made of steel. You go out and buy something. Most things take the cumulative efforts of many people these
days. This is going to take the efforts of hundreds of scientists over seveal years, followed by a large and intimidating industry presence.
Originally posted by DJMessiah
reply to post by apc
What would be wrong with a tax refund, or tax break? Essentially, the money we pay for gasoline at the pump has a goverment tax that goes straight
into the government's pockets. Why shouldn't it be time the goverment pays us back, even a percentage of what we had to pay them?
For the same reason they don't just repeal all gas taxes and subsidize it at the pump so you can have gas for free-
Because that's a stupid idea. The money's gotta come from somewhere.