Why doesn't the U. S. get smart and start using more ethanol. It's been around since Henry Ford, is now cheaper to produce than gasoline, is cleaner than gasoline, and can be produced with lower GHG's than gasoline.
No beach has ever been fouled by an ethanol spill. Ethanol is clean, green, creates jobs, builds our economy. If there is a spill, it just evaporates.
OPEC has 67% of world oil reserves, other countries have 31%; the U. S. has only 2%. Desperately trying to find more oil offshore won't solve any problem. The only way to even make progress on reducing the $500 billion dollars we send outside the U. S. every year to pay for oil is to produce and use more ethanol.
Brazil in now oil-import-independent as their goal is to fuel all vehicles with a 85% ethanol 15% gasoline blend.
It can be done in the U.S. if attention is turned to a real solution as Brazil has done.......ethanol.
I am so glad that you mentioned ethanol. Ethanol was encouraged by the government during the Bush administration yet a slim budget revealed the sincerety. Here is an article about the jerk:
Many of us invested in ethanol and lost our asses in the economic dowturn. After the 2008 election, DOE Secretary CHU came along with less of a passion for ethanol. Very little, if any, relief money went to the ethanol producers to the best of my knowledge.
You're right on track. The industry is buying every senator and representative possible. I just saw the lobbying report on money for those who had signed up to lobby ethanol. $17 million in favor...farmers and ethanol companies...and $150 million against....oil companies.
Why not NG?????? We have enough NG to last a 100 years. Cars can run on it buses, trucks and with out spending a arm or leg for modification. You can even have cars run on both gas and NG. My brother- in-law in England has a VoVo, that runs on both and he can go 500 miles between fill ups.
NG is produced in the states, by American workers and the money for energy isn't going over seas.
Brazil destroys more of the rain foresty every year to make room for more sugar and corn. Let's see who has the last laugh in about 10-15 years. Bio fuels are still way off in the future for the USA, but at least we are working on it.
The area where sugar cane is grown to make ethanol is 1500 miles south of the rain forest/amazon basin. No rain forest is destroyed to make ethanol.
The production of corn per acre in the U. S. in 1940 was 40 bushels per acre; it is now 165 bushels per acre; in 15 years it will be 300 bushels per acre. The corn crop in the U. S. will go from its current 13 billion bushels per year to 26 billion bushels per year without the use of any additional fertilizer or land.
Technology has finally enabled the U. S. to find a way to move cars and trucks without dirty oil.
You have not thought through the ethanol source issue: it uses almost as much energy to produce ethanol as it creates in gas replacement. The problem is you. the fat-assed American consumer who insanely relies on oil.
Do your studies. Don't be such an if\gnorant idiot.
Actually the problem is changing the carburetors over. Brazl has 15% of there vehicles that have changed there carbs so that they can take straight gas, straight ethanol or a mix. The auto industry in the U.S is still in denial as is the oil industry. I assume you are a member or supporter of the oil industry. fyi, the United States is changing its tractor trailers over to lp which is plentiful and gives just as much power.
The ethanol industry in a few short years is in its formative stages much like the crude oil industry after its some odd 80 years of non-development. I must ask you about the energy intensive processes of refining crude oil in comparison to that of ethanol production. If you are up to it, please compare the dangers that come along with each industry. Then you may go and fock yourself.