26
Jun
08

Biodiesel: You Still Can’t get Something For Nothing

The next great idea: use the world’s zillions of acres of fallow farmland to grow diesel fuels. Friggin’ brilliant!

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A billion acres of farmland around the world have been abandoned and could now be used to grow biofuel crops, a new study suggests.

One of the criticisms of biofuels such as ethanol from corn or rice is that the crops eat into land that could be used to grow food, which is increasingly in short supply globally, causing frustration and hunger that have led to protests and riots. The alternative of clearing forests to grow biofuel crops is unacceptable to many.

Yet somewhere between 1 billion and 1.2 billion acres of agricultural land is lying fallow, the study finds. That compares to about 3.8 billion acres that are currently in use.

Shortage of land is not the issue. Profitability is. The only reason we grow corn here to make into biofuel is because our government subsidizes it. But it isn’t profitable. Especially when there are untold zillions of barrels of energy-dense fossil fuels to be had at a price that is still cheaper than biodiesel. At the moment, the only way to make biodiesel widely available is for governments to steal the means of production at which point political expediency will trump saving the planet (whatever the definition).

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2 Responses to “Biodiesel: You Still Can’t get Something For Nothing”


  1. 1 libertyvini
    June 27, 2008 at 11:48 am

    The first LG articles I will be reposting are the Biofuels articles. We have been prescient on this government-caused disaster from the moment we became aware of it…

  2. 2 Clean_Burning
    July 2, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    As more and more biofuel producers declare bankruptcy, it’s becoming abundantly clear that biodiesel is not the solution to our energy crisis because there is simply not enough to go around. Also, since it’s typically blended with petroleum diesel, it therefore shares diesel’s harmful emissions (with an increase in NOx emissions) and therefore keeps us heavily dependent on foreign petroleum imports.

    On the other hand, the consumption of Compressed Natural Gas or (CNG) is steadily on the rise because it manages to be fuel-efficent, cost effective (1/3 the price of gasoline), while managing to reduce our dependence on foreign oil due to an abundantly domestic supply.

    Many scientists regard hydrogen as the fuel of the future and Natural Gas is primarily hydrogen based and thus, is the practical bridge to sustainable energy.


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