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Originally posted by infolurker
ethanol is not the answer.. subsidies make farmers happy but really.
This Wall Street Journal article kind of sums it up:
Hyrdrogen from Algae an Algae oil is an answer to bio generated fuel.. .see this video (estimated 10,000-20,000 gallons per acre per year.... corn and soybeans are in the hundreds and has to be heavily processed.
jatropha is a very far off 2nd possibility as well if for some reason Algae doesn't meet the claims. No refining needed (58 to 73 US gallons per acre) This CNN video gives a great overview. this stuff can be grown in places where normal food crops don't grow well (desert southwest) though some people are using land in Florida right now. There are problems with this though, this crap is pretty toxic (the plant / leaves) and is labor intensive to use as fuel
[edit on 16-8-2008 by infolurker]
Nothing is going to happen here until the corporate giants decide it is in their best interest, which means financially