Another Stupid Biofuel

You can’t make this stuff up. Renewables projects are the playground of air heads. Here’s another stupid idea, jatropha–a bush now promoted as an alternative fuel source. Sorta like cane and corn to ethanol and canola oil for diesel additive. I am breathless with anticipation on the breakthrough that is jatropha.

Another waste of land and good resources to produce an inferior energy source that benefits from green projects and renewable fanaticism. Almost as maddening as taking away some remaining tiger and orangutan habitat, taking down forest for an inefficient plant that requires a carbon using process to be converted to fuel.

Any physicist can splain to you, if you believe in plants, that plants be made of compounds that are not energy dense–they must be converted by a process that takes energy to make something that has concentrated energy. Compression makes coal and petrol dense–they are cooked down in high pressure earth mantel.

Here’s the interesting thing.

We used to burn wood,because it had more electron bonds and energy than burning weeds and manure and trash, then we moved up to coal and oil because, by golly the physics favored our choice–high energy concentrations, now we are going back down the energy ladder? Help me out here, is that progress? Look at the waste of land and resources, even carbon imprint required because of the renewable religion of coalophobia and petrolophobia.

I know nuclear would be better, but that’s another lesson.,

Often wrong but never in doubt, the geniuses of the green community. Repeat after me–for miles driven ethanol produces more carbon dioxide because it is less energy dense. Moreover ethanol burns hotter and is hydrophilic so it is hard on engine parts. Ethanol adds increase the cost of fuel, it has a big land, carbon and water use footprint, and it only survives because of the politics of the ethanol mandate and a little thing called the Iowa caucuses along with our friends at Archer Daniels Midlands and the farmers who are getting rich on high priced corn while mexicans can’t afford tortillas.

Damn shame.

Read about jatropha below–it’s probably more stupid than ethanol if that is possible. After that, class dismissed.

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5 responses to “Another Stupid Biofuel

  1. Instead of wasting time and money on this bio-fuel nonsense, why don’t we just find an antidote for the damned green kool-aid?

    • youu got it. go to the source. greenmoronity.

      John Dale Dunn MD JD Consultant Emergency Services/Peer Review Civilian Faculty, Emergency Medicine Residency Carl R. Darnall Army Med Center Fort Hood, Texas Medical Officer, Sheriff Bobby Grubbs Brown County, Texas 325 784 6697 (h) 642 5073 (c)

  2. Meanwhile we refuse to clear the underbrush from our forests and ban logging which would prevent wildfires, “gotta keep the habitat!” Yeah, wildfires never destroy any.

    • the point is a good one–clearing brush–wadda simple thing–and reduces fuel for random fires created by silly things.

      John Dale Dunn MD JD Consultant Emergency Services/Peer Review Civilian Faculty, Emergency Medicine Residency Carl R. Darnall Army Med Center Fort Hood, Texas Medical Officer, Sheriff Bobby Grubbs Brown County, Texas 325 784 6697 (h) 642 5073 (c)

    The last I checked several years ago the average farmer was losing about $15,000 a year farming. Subsidies actually end up in the pockets of the large corporations and just pass through the hands of the farmers. Our Food production is as much under attack as our energy it is just not as evident.

    With the passage of the Food ‘Safety’ Modernization Act that is just starting to come into force now, expect your food costs to sky rocket as farmers bailout of farming or move into biofuel stocks that are not regulated. A dairy farmer in the UK reported that after similar regs went into effect he spent 60% of his day filling out paperwork. Thanks to the FDA and USDA harmonization efforts we can expect the same time wasting regulations here in the USA since they are formulated by ‘Working Groups” from the UN and the WTO.

    “…Already by 2005, 65 percent of regional milk and meat processing factories had been forced to close because they “failed” (read: couldn’t afford) to implement the prescribed sanitary standards. Some 70 percent of small slaughterhouses have also suffered the same fate. Farmers increasingly have nowhere to to go to sell their cattle, sheep, pigs and milk. Exactly as happened to UK farmers. Polish farmers are now being forced out of business by the covert and overt destruction of the infrastructure which supports their profession. …” link The same is happening to US farmers. You are lucky to find a place to slaughter your animal, you have a three month or more waiting list and it cost twice what it did a few years ago. (I just heard another slaughter house near me closed.)

    Also see: E. Coli Confession: Part 2 “…Perhaps FSIS wasn’t as “science-based” as we had been led to believe. Sometimes, “science” can be stranger than fiction….” Sound familiar?

    Despite what most people think most farmers are not making money farming.
    “….American farmers and agribusinesses receive just 11.6 cents of every dollar spent on food in the U.S., according to recent analysis from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
    That is down from the nearly 20 cents ….”

    Also, don’t forget where that money from those subsidies really ends up:
    1. Monsanto seed – Monopoly, aka if you do not buy our expensive seed we will send Pinkerton agents on your land, prove you have GMO genes and SUE.

    2. Monsanto Herbicide.

    3. Corn fertilizers (several brands) Corn is a very heavy feeder. (200 – 400 lbs of nitrogen per ac) wheat is more like 100lb/ac link

    4. Agricultural Limestone (raise pH)

    5. Insecticides As Biotech Seed Falters, Insecticide Use Surges In Corn Belt” Syngenta or AMVAC Chemical that sell soil insecticides for use in corn fields are reporting huge increases in sales: 50 or even 100 percent over the past two years.”

    6. Monopsony or one buyer. For grains there are cartels aka the grain traders – the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) and the North American Export Grain Association (NAEGA) see From the Congressional Record: … In the past decade and a half, an explosion of mergers, acquisitions, and anti-competitive practices has raised concentration in American agriculture to record levels…

    As usual the MSM is used to promote a lets you and he fight by targeting a segment of the population and stirring up anger against that segment. George Zimmerman is a classic case.

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