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  1. John DeCicco
    April 2, 2015 @ 4:32 am

    That ethanol “may” not be good for the climate is an understatement. Ethanol and other biofuels are without a doubt harmful now and for the reasonably foreseeable future. Unfortunately, the Union of Concerned Scientists is confused on this issue, as they continue to hope that fantasy fuels — the imaginary “best ethanol” they invoke — will redeem the huge blunder that they and several other green groups have made in supporting biofuel promotional policies including the so-called Low-Carbon Fuel Standard and the Renewable Fuel Standard.

    Support for biofuels rests on deeply flawed carbon accounting; for further explanation see
    “Why bad bookkeeping undermines fuel policies,”


  2. Fletch
    May 11, 2015 @ 6:38 pm

    90% of corn has always been for animal feed and ethanol production only uses the carbohydrates from it and the more efficient distillers grain byproduct still goes to the animals. It is a false notion that this process makes food prices go up. Ethanol cycles carbon since we burn the carbon in the ethanol, then capture it in the crops that make it again. Other fuels add carbon to the ecosystem and do not cycle it back.

    See http://www.permaculture.com. This is David Blume’s “Alcohol can be a Gas” site which is the best pro ethanol arguments I have seen. Changed my mind on it, much of the negative myths are manufactured by the oil companies. David Blume confronted David Pimentel’s points in person, listen to an interview of David Blume talking about it for free at http://thehighersidechats.com/david-blume-the-alcohol-conspiracy-the-road-map-to-energy-independence/

    See also the movie “Pump” which just came online on Netflix.

    Ethanol burns clean. Spills are not that problematic like with petroleum. Money spent on ethanol stays here vs going overseas. It is here now, not off in the far future. All we have to do is choose it and use it, it is cost effective vs gasoline. Why would you let toxic fumes travel from you car’s fuel tank from your garage into your home to hurt your health when ethanol has no toxic fumes?



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