A superb article by Bill Kovarik, Ph.D., written in 1998.
Had Henry Ford prevailed over the oil lobby, there would never been a farm depression. Note in the article Ford was a big believer in cellulosic ethanol, today known as 'advanced biofuels'.
<<When Henry Ford told a New York Times reporter that ethyl alcohol was "the fuel of the future" in 1925, he was expressing an opinion that was widely shared in the automotive industry. "The fuel of the future is going to come from fruit like that sumach out by the road, or from apples, weeds, sawdust -- almost anything," he said. "There is fuel in every bit of vegetable matter that can be fermented. There's enough alcohol in one year's yield of an acre of potatoes to drive the machinery necessary to cultivate the fields for a hundred years."1
Ford's optimistic appraisal of cellulose and crop based ethyl alcohol fuel can be read in several ways. First, it can be seen as an oblique jab at a competitor. General Motors (and Charles Kettering) had come to considerable grief that summer of 1925 over another octane boosting fuel called tetraethyl lead, and government officials had been quietly in touch with Ford engineers about alternatives to leaded gasoline additives.
More importantly to Ford, in 1925 the American farms that Ford loved were facing an economic crisis that would later intensify with the depression>>
You work for me these days but you failed as I was hoping to get back in around 42. Trees, hacking? Come on, pick up your game! Give us something new and keep the hits coming. I need at least 42.45 as a re entry point.
Great find on that info about Henry Ford and bioethanol, psychopath_watch! Great timing too, since it looks like our resident biofool and Dupont basher has recycled his drivel back to the topic of bioethanol. Folks, once again the biofool regurgitates his same tired, old, wrong arguments, hoping somebody, anybody, will finally buy into them. This time it’s the old argument of “stover is good for the soil so it shouldn’t be used as raw material to make bioethanol.” Had this poor biofool done just a little research, he’d know that SOME stover is good for the soil, but if it were all plowed back in it would encourage plant disease in the next year’s crop, which would cost the farmer extra money to treat. So, DuPont and other bioethanol producers are doing the farmers a favor by turning their EXCESS stover into a “cash crop”. Folks, it’s not like we so-called shills haven’t alerted our poor biofool to this fact previously. As recently as this past June we informed him about the perils of excess stover left in fields:
Now he adds that “cattle will have nothing to eat in the off-season if the stover is removed.” Once again, we so-called shills have tried to tell him that the dregs remaining after bioethanol extraction contain protein and have long been used as animal feed. So, no food is lost from the food chain by using stover as a raw material for bioethanol production. In fact, edible food is added since the animals convert it from a material inedible by humans to high value nutritional meat:
He just seems to ignore facts he doesn’t like when they interfere with his bashing DuPont, doesn’t he? Maybe we should give him the benefit of the doubt on this one, though. Maybe he just forgot. Drinking will sometimes affect memory, as we all know, and he’s just admitted to imbibing again:
It’s too bad he fell off the wagon when he was apparently doing so well. The poor starving children will be SO disappointed:
I guess readers here will just have to start openly referring to him as the board hypocrite again.
Folks, you need to decide for yourselves who you should believe concerning bioethanol. Should you believe someone like Henry Ford, a visionary and successful and knowledgeable entrepreneur with a long and well-documented public record of achievement and accomplishment? Your alternative is to believe an anonymous poster here who has: (1) repeatedly ignored the facts, (2) no verifiable public record of achievement or bioethanol expertise, and (3) demonstrated a serious lack of understanding of basic science/engineering concepts related to bioethanol production. I choose to believe Mr. Ford. How about you?