White Lightning Axiom: Redux: Regional biofuels as the new crop of choice?

Friday, August 12, 2005


Regional biofuels as the new crop of choice?

Well, it's looking like the energy bill bucket filled with cash and subsidies has made people look at bio-fuel as a potentially viable market. This is old news out in the mid-west where even my grandfather used blended fuel in his tractors. Finally, now that our innovators and enterprising souls can 'see the money', alternative fuels are starting to emerge here on the Front Porch of America:Heh, being one of the fattest cities in the US is starting to finally pay off. Say, I wonder if you could make bio-fuel from liposuction waste!? California could really do well in that market.Well, you could try to require all carmakers to do this, but I'm thinking that GM won't be around to see that legislation. Now if we could just bring back the option of having diesel engines in our cars ... but nooo, they smell bad. Let the cry-baby simpering begin.Hmmm, fermenting sugars from plants ... like, say SUGAR CANE or SUGAR BEETS!? Nope, the Sugar Program makes sure that this is absurdly expensive.Okay, those last two statements would likely benefit from some clarification. Biodiesel costs more because there is no subsidy. Ethanol (E85) costs less because there IS a subsidy. Ethanol would cost less if there was NO subsidy on soy/corn and NO Sugar Program. In the end, you need to heat the mash (read: cook with gas) to create ethanol, you do not need to do that to make biodiesel. We won't even talk about the soy-blight that is starting to creep across our agricultural belt right now.Well, it looks like unhealthy eating is our best choice for a cheap liquid fuel source for vehicles and heating. To that I say, eat more fatty foods, super size me and pass the artery stints. Wouldn't it be a hoot if good old American Opulence was the key for energy independence?Yeah, no kidding. Plop 100 more nuclear power plants next to cities that use the most energy and people might get the idea that energy conservation was not just an quaint academic postulation.


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