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  •  If biofuel is a smaller entity (0+ / 0-)

    than it is trivial to our energy supplies.  We use a darned lot of fuel.  

    Diverting all that corn for biofuel, like you mentioned, created big problems, including spills and explosions from train tanker car wrecks, and it was less than 10% of our motor vehicle fuel supply.

    Orly, it isn't evidence just because you downloaded it from the internet.

    by 6412093 on Thu Mar 28, 2013 at 08:23:24 PM PDT

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    •  You're repeating oil company propaganda (1+ / 0-)
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      Corn is NOT the only source of biofuel, not by a longshot, and in fact is one of the least workable sources in the long term. It was and is, however, practical NOW while other sources ramp up. Corn is heavily subsidized in the US and grown in abundance, and so it made sense to start there. Sugar cane is a much better option, and when they become viable so will cellulose (plant waste) and algae. Fossil fuels took a while to reach the level of optimization they enjoy now, give the new technology some time to catch up before you dismiss it wouldja?

      Additionally, corn used for biofuel isn't wasted as foodstuff. "Spent" grain from biofuel production is still perfectly fit as livestock feed, meaning if all the corn marked for livestock feed were first run through an ethanol plant we would lose nothing whatsoever.

      The oil industry has been spreading these anti-biofuel myths for a while now, because it threatens their bottom line. Don't believe it.

      "Is there anybody listening? Is there anyone who sees what's going on? Read between the lines, criticize the words they're selling. Think for yourself, and feel the walls become sand beneath your feet." --Geoff Tate, Queensryche

      by DarthMeow504 on Fri Mar 29, 2013 at 03:59:08 AM PDT

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      •  Even grasses can be used... (1+ / 0-)
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        When I googled this to check my memory of an old science article I read, I was stunned at the number of results.  Just a glance at the search results turned up scientific trials on at least five different types of grass with serious potential for biofuel use....on the first page.  Another three grass species on the second page.  700,000 results, including this one:

        http://news.bbc.co.uk/...

        Grass Biofuels 'cut CO2 by 94%'

        Producing biofuels from a fast-growing grass delivers vast savings of carbon dioxide emissions compared with petrol, a large-scale study has suggested.

        A team of US researchers also found that switchgrass-derived ethanol produced 540% more energy than was required to manufacture the fuel.

        One acre (0.4 hectares) of the grassland could, on average, deliver 320 gallons of bioethanol, they added....

        Tell me what to write. tellmewhattowrite.com 'To know what is right and to do it are two different things.' - Chushingura, a tale of The Forty-Seven Ronin

        by rbird on Fri Mar 29, 2013 at 04:22:53 AM PDT

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        •  That's awesome! (0+ / 0-)

          I really believe biofuels are the future. And it can't get here fast enough.

          "Is there anybody listening? Is there anyone who sees what's going on? Read between the lines, criticize the words they're selling. Think for yourself, and feel the walls become sand beneath your feet." --Geoff Tate, Queensryche

          by DarthMeow504 on Fri Mar 29, 2013 at 06:08:27 PM PDT

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