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One of the facts that people may not be aware of is that ethanol can be produced from a wide variety of waste products.
Ethanol can also be produced by an experimental means by the slow release of ethanol in a concentrated sulfuric acid solution. This process has not been perfected.
Another process that seems to be overlooked is the currently experimental conversion of cellulosic and hemi-cellusic polysacharides, the left overs from a huge variety of commercial food production.
Also the use of pure ethanol as a fuel for motor vehicles is so very simple that it is often overlooked. Nay sayers would have you believe that ethanol is bad for your car, this is complete nonsense. If the vehicle has a computer controlled fuel system, it can be modified to burn ethanol more efficiently than gasoline producing greater mpg than gasoline, any one who disputes this not doing their homework.
Someone in this forum also stated that ethanol combustion destroys gaskets in the engine because of the higher temperature required for combustion, computer module modification negates this.
95% of the Agavacea family calls Mexico home and 50% of the country is ideally suited for agave cultivation. Dry, arid, and steep terrain typically have fewer economic opportunities and greater poverty
you are looking at about 761602 sq mi in total between the 2
Originally posted by crawgator406
With alcohol fuel, you can become energy-independent, reverse global warming, and survive Peak Oil in style. Alcohol fuel is "liquid sunshine" and can't be controlled by transnational corporations. You can produce alcohol for less than $1 a gallon, using a wide variety of plants and waste products, from algae to stale donuts. It's a much better fuel than gasoline, and you can use it in your car, right now. You can even use alcohol to generate electricity. Alcohol fuel production is ecologically sustainable, revitalizes farms and communities, and creates huge new opportunities for small-scale businesses. Its byproducts are clean and valuable.
FACT: Ethanol production utilized the starch in 2.3 billion bushels of corn in 2007.
It would be hard for American farmers to switch to growing agave for ethanol production, they are already set up to grow corn, rice and wheat... It is also worth noting that rice and wheat are used in ethanol production as well... From the studies I have read corn is the best, and right now widest used in the USA for ethanol production.
Agave is great for tequila, I'm not sure it can be grown as fast as corn or will as easily be converted to ethanol... I suppose we will find out one day... for me the jury is still out on that one.
Once again, alcohol is not the future for energy, if we are banking on that we could end up starving much of the world in the process as oil will fail to meet the future demands for energy, and food production will be diverted to ethanol production... don't buy the lies!
New drilling and oil extraction methods will only temporarily reduce demands... Remember population growth is key, more people, more demand for energy means higher prices, and more profit! it is and will become a huge problem if we head down that road.
I suppose the best option would be a global population reduction of some kind, and sterilization of a percentage of the population along with limits on births per mother...
We have got to focus our money, and science on the quest for a viable alternative energy, not alternative fuels.