E10, what’s it really cost? (chapter two)

Posted: 25/11/2008 in Uncategorized
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As I continue to look at the true impact and compare benefits and costs of using ethanol as an alternative fuel, I am more convinced of my original position regarding its usage. It is a viable alternative under certain conditions, but it should not be a forced alternative. There are simply too many problems, too many variables in this country to be requiring it as a main energy component. One of the things I have noticed is that environmentalists are just now starting to glimpse at the damage they have caused by pushing for the introduction of this biofuel as a required alternative to petro based fuel.

I’m kind of reminded of where this woman goes into the hair salon, sits in the chair and says to the stylist, “I want my hair cut, but I don’t want it to look like it has been cut.” The environmentalists want us to us ethanol because they consider it to be green, but they don’t want it to be produced because it will harm the environment.

The problem here is that they have fallen into the spiders trap of thinking there is a difference between fossil fuel and biofuel. The only true difference is that what we call fossil fuel is merely extremely concentrated carbon, whereas biofuel is still carbon based, but it doesn’t contain such high concentrations of carbon. It still pollutes the atmosphere, and in some instances it will pollute to an even higher degree of pollution.

Take a look at this article from US News;

It is interesting to see how these people heed their emotions before thinking. Had greater cooperation and research/planning been done, perhaps the issues would not have to be addressed today of what harm can ethanol do. The big claim of these leftist groups was that big oil was harming the economy, and they were the cause of skyrocketing gas prices. Ethanol would be the best solution to lower these prices, and as a benefit would clean the environment. Well, that simply isn’t true. Europe has been mandating CO2 reductions for over a decade, and yet we see reports where emissions levels are climbing, not dropping with the introduction and increasing usage of E85 and biodiesel. The market drives the price of commodities. With the economy of the world having been flushed down the toilet, the demand decreases and the price drops.

But where will the price stabilize, and when will it start to climb again? Who knows, but towards the end of December, I’ll post some predictions. I was right on most of them last year, we’ll see what happens this time around.

Check out this video on oil prices;


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