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VIENNA // Saudi Arabia issued a plea to industrialised countries not to give up on oil as their primary source of energy, warning that they could court disaster if they put too much hope in unproven alternatives.
The plea appeared to be a direct response to the emerging energy policy of President Barack Obama, which calls for the United States to become energy independent and stop imports of oil from the Middle East and Venezuela.
Farming 6% of the continental U.S. acreage with biomass crops would provide all of America's energy needs.
Hemp is Earth's number-one biomass resource; it is capable of producing 10 tons per acre in four months.
Biomass can be converted to methane, methanol, or gasoline at a cost comparable to petroleum, and hemp is much better for the environment. Pyrolysis (charcoalizing), or biochemical composting are two methods of turning hemp into fuel.
Hemp can produce 10 times more methanol than corn.
Hemp fuel burns clean. Petroleum causes acid rain due to sulfur pollution.
The use of hemp fuel does not contribute to global warming.