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27. Ethanol Study Jul 18, 2005, 16:47 FourPak
 
http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/July05/ethanol.toocostly.ssl.html

hm, doesn't say who Funded the study.

also most glaringly it doesn't offer *comparative* numbers for the alternatives they DO like: solar, wind and hydrogen.

National scale mega-mass production (which is how they examined bio-fuels) of solar panels and windmills is very fossil fuel intensive; panels and windmills don't mine, refine and manufacture themselves out of nothing. Same for Hydrogen, it requires a huge fossil fuel intensive extraction, refining, and fuel cell Manufacturing process.

So how does That compare to ethanol?
The report of this study doesn't say.

in addition to hard statistical In vs. Out "efficiency", real world practicality is also not considered. Sure maybe 1000 50-foot windmills or 10,000 50-foot solar panels can power 100 homes with more fossil fuel efficiency than 10,000 gallons of ethanol (or whatever the numbers are), but where are you gonna put the damn things? How much fossil fuel does it take to bulldoze and maintain 100 acres of otherwise productive land to put the wind/solar farms in?

And with Hydrogen something else is fishy.

How is it that the one Favorite Future Fuel just happens to be the one that's so technologically difficult to produce that only the global oil companies can refine and produce it? Probably just another coincidence.

Seems like some groups are deathly afraid that small communities (in the midwest grain belt for example) could take their excess tons of biomass and LOCALLY meet a big chunk of their energy needs apart from some giant corporation.

energy self sufficient?! no, no, can't allow that.

 
 
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