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  •  That's really interesting . .. (1+ / 0-)
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    Assaf
    Then they calculate that the overall GHG overhead for imported Middle Eastern oil in the US, due to US military expenditures and conflicts in the past decade or so, is close to 20%.
    in that it's very close to the 22% "penalty" calculated by the Europeans for extra emissions from the Alberta Tarsands (others put the number at 12%, but it's still in the ballpark).
    •  I got my biodiesel car because of the war (2+ / 0-)
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      Larsstephens, Assaf

      I didn't want to think my car was encouraging disasters like that. Sure it takes fossil fuels to grow soybeans, etc, but a lot less of my money went to Exxon. Electricity is even less dependent upon foreign adventurism and that's a good thing all by itself.

      There's a difference between a responsible gun owner and one that's been lucky so far.

      by BeerNotWar on Wed Oct 16, 2013 at 02:28:56 PM PDT

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      •  If you can get waste biodiesel... then your CO2 (1+ / 0-)
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        Roadbed Guy

        footprint is negligible. And also some types of the farm-produced ones (I cannot quite figure out why some are better than others; the soybean variety seem to be bad).

        Unfortunately, diesel's other tailpipe emissions are a nasty mix.

        •  Yes, in general biofuels are a huge clusterfuck (1+ / 0-)
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          Assaf

          for what you say, and more generally, almost always what is being burned for fuel could be used instead for some considerably higher "value added" process.

          There might be some narrow niches where the fuel is legitimately "waste" so this makes sense but that really has no significance in the larger scheme of things.

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