We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Like the panics of bygone eras, this one has the aspect of yet another re-enactment of the Big Con. The huckster arrives in town, tells all the rubes that disaster impends for them and their families, but says there may be one last chance they can be saved — but it will take a lot of money. And the folks should go about collecting it, right now.
That ethanol link is just "horribly" inaccurate. It's just "chock-full" of mistakes. Let me give you just ONE example.
Less than 10 gallons of diesel is required to grow 155 bushels (avg yield) of corn, plus 2,800 lbs of distillers grains (a slightly better cattle feed that the corn that it came from.) btw, over 95% of that stuff you see growing out there is livestock feed - mostly cattle.
The breakdown for a bushel of corn is: 1/3 ethanol, 1/3 distillers grains/ 1/3 CO2 (which is being used more, and more to flood old oil wells to bring back production, btw.)
Okay, so now; you're getting 2.9 gallons of ethanol (not 2.5 as they stated) per bu of corn, Plus about .3 gallons of corn oil (biodiesel.) Plus 16 lbs of distillers grains, plus 18 lbs of CO2 (remember, this is just being recycled as it would if a plant grew, and died.)
So, we're up to 490 gallons of ethanol/biodiesel (by the way, in an optimized engine the ethanol is just as "efficient" as either gasoline, or diesel,) Plus the 2800 lbs of cattle feed (you know, the stuff that the corn was intended for in the first place;)
AND, ALL THIS from less than ten gallons of diesel. If we double this amount to account for the natural gas used in the manufacture of the fertilizer, and processing of the seed corn, you're still looking at about a 37 : 1 return on energy in the "Growing" phase.
The "Processing" numbers were just as bad, but, I grow weary.
In Closing: Beware of biofuels propaganda right now. There are Farm/Energy Bills being marked up in Congress, as we speak.
NJ, there's an Energy, and Farm Bill being debated in Congress. It has huge implications for Oil, and Ethanol. There has just been a Flood of these articles the last couple of week. Several out of Europe. I just finally decided I couldn't/wouldn't respond to them all. I wanted to refute at least a few points, here, because I love coming to this website.