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Repent wrote:Never buy ethanol gasoline again. I won't be, and that's a start towards a better future. How many will join me in saying NO to biofuels to save the natural world?
Blends of E10 or less are used in more than twenty countries around the world by 2011, led by the United States, where almost all retail gasoline sold in 2010 was blended with 10% of ethanol.
But HOW does one who lives in a first world country like the U.S. "Never buy ethonal gasoline" unless they can do without gasoline - period?
Repent wrote:But HOW does one who lives in a first world country like the U.S. "Never buy ethonal gasoline" unless they can do without gasoline - period?
Premium gasoline generally does not contain ethanol. I will be buying the pricier premium, no ethanol gasoline from now on. A dollar or two more at the pump per fill, is no so much of a cost for the benift of preventing criminal land expropriations in the third world. This is a price worth paying.
Repent wrote:A dollar or two more at the pump per fill, is no so much of a cost for the benift of preventing criminal land expropriations in the third world. This is a price worth paying.
pstarr wrote: At best biofuels are a device to burn coal into electricity to covert sugar into alcohol (or oil seeds into biodiesel) for the purpose of combusting it in car engines
Loki wrote:[In their infinite wisdom, the fedgov is talking about lifting tariffs on imported biofuels, though.
Repent wrote:I was shocked today when I read this story about a wildlife preserve in Kenya; where the land has been sold to Bedford Biofuels of Canada who will be using the land and water to produce biofuels:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/ju ... enya-delta
The animals are dying, 'peasants' are being driven from their homes and lands in outright land grab clearances by corrupt government and criminals. We also have new conflicts arising as displaced people everywhere start fighting back, war is good for no one.
Ethanol being added to gasoline does little more than delay the inevitable end to the oil age. Ethanol does not provide cheap renewable energy that has 'less of an impact on the enviroment', as it has been widely claimed. As this story shows, the carbon from burning ethanol may pollute less, but the human and enviromental costs of growing the biofuels in the first place is catastrophic.
Everyone who still drives, or uses gasoline for anything; lawnmowers, lawn and garden tools, boating or recreation, everyone must start boycotting ethanol to save what is left of the natural world. Boycotts are real, and if pursued by enough people they have real effects; eventually to preserve market share companies will abandon biofuel additives to placate the consumers and restore their sales.
Never buy ethanol gasoline again. I won't be, and that's a start towards a better future. How many will join me in saying NO to biofuels to save the natural world?
Pretorian wrote:I do not understand what all that got to do with biofuels. When the same thing happens to grow coffee or coconuts, soy or eucalypto trees that is ok with you? Because it does happen all the time.
Slowly but surely, an extraordinarily important new industry is slowly taking shape, with the potential to transform the global economy.
After years of existing largely as an environmentalist's fantasy, commercial production of biofuels for the world civil aviation industry is slowly becoming a fact, with production starting up across three continents.
The leading contenders for biofuel feedstocks are jatropha and camelina, both of which have their fervent supporters. While currently neither is capable of production at a price approaching that of Jet A1 civil aviation fuel derived from hydrocarbons, research and extensive investment are nevertheless investigating the possibilities.
While little is certain in the emerging picture, it is increasingly clear that despite the United States being one of the leading producers currently of renewable energy in the form of ethanol, that the United States nevertheless will be an also-ran in these developments.
Now we just need to breed fatter alligators.Every year, the alligator meat industry disposes of about 15 million pounds of alligator fat in landfills. Now scientists have found that oil can be extracted from the fat and used to make a high-quality biodiesel.
the Louisiana researchers have ... explained that alligator fat has a high lipid content, and the lipids could be recovered by microwaving frozen samples and by using a chemical solvent.
AdTheNad wrote:To be fair, why is it all being dumped in the first place anyway? Surely there is some other use for alligator fat.
What happens to cow and pig fat? I thought it found its way into sausages or cheap meat products.
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