Alternative fuel

Why this is not on the table is mind-boggling. Even if you are someone who doesn’t believe in climate change or that pollution causes severe health problems (Which is just as stupid as not believing in math), then either way, oil is not going to last forever. We need fuel for our ships, our cars, our airplanes. Fuel is the reason we can cross the shores quickly, it’s how we get food from an agricultural state like California to a state like Utah that has more people than the land can provide food for. Only a fool would think this oil will last forever. It took 64 million years to make petroleum. It takes about 64 days to ferment a plant into alcohol. Even is a monetary sense, the idea of drilling is more costly because the methods of reaching oil have become pricier. Why is this not being discussed? The only thing we do have in terms of “renewable” is that 10% ethanol at the pumps and that’s only there because the Corn Lobby wanted to prove they have a bigger dick than the Oil Lobby.

To be fair, there is a push from the airlines to produce biofuels and there has been some traction going on with that. But that’s only because the airlines feel a huge weight around their neck from gas prices and it costs them money. For us, the consumer, we don’t have that type of power. It’s either fill your tank or you’re fired. Still if there was a way to make it more available, it’s better to do it now than to wait until all the problems of an oil shortage stack up.

  1. #1 by Richard Warnick on March 31, 2014 - 6:11 pm

    Ironically, petroleum got its start as a fuel alternative because people mistakenly thought the world was running out of coal (strange but true).

    I’m confident we’ll develop new sources of energy before we run out of the old sources, but too late for the climate of course.

    • #2 by cav on March 31, 2014 - 8:24 pm

      Rarefied Fukashima water!

  2. #3 by brewski on April 1, 2014 - 2:40 pm

    • #4 by Nathan Erkkila on April 1, 2014 - 3:11 pm

      Then let me restate. If we don’t find a way to make renewable fuel, then you will starve to death. Take your pick. As for the environmental drawbacks of green fuel, it’s surprisingly a lot cleaner than fossil fuels. All combustion leads to exhaust, but there are varying degrees to that. Grass ethanol for instance burns 70% fewer emissions than petrol as opposed to corn ethanol which is only 20%. The problem with corn ethanol is that it’s wasteful. More than half of our agriculture would be needed to supply the US with corn ethanol as opposed to grass which every lawn and golf course in America has.

    • #5 by Richard Warnick on April 1, 2014 - 5:39 pm

      Wait a sec, brewski counts ethanol subsidies as subsidies for renewable energy – despite the fact they go to Big Oil.

      • #6 by Nathan Erkkila on April 1, 2014 - 5:48 pm

        To be fair, it is renewable, it’s just impractical.

      • #8 by brewski on April 1, 2014 - 8:22 pm

        If Lego made ethanol and Lego received subsidies then it is still ethanol. It matters not who it goes to, at all.

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