Alternative fuels are fueling quite a debate. Food or Fuel? Ah, seems like a tough question, but is it really? Proponents say that bio fuels are the only way to save the earth and wean ourselves from foreign oil. Opponents say that bio fuels will starve whole countries and is as bad for the earth as fossil fuels. Wow, hard to decide, my degree in bio fuelology is limited. I have to decide by what I read and hear.
Gas is expensive, we all know that. I read that biodiesel can be made for under a buck. That part looks good. Now you have to remember, that's the price if you are making yourself. If the gas guys get in on this, expect to pay the same as regular gas, you just get to feel good about it. Hold your horses though. What about the impact on the environment of all the farm equipment used to raise the feedstock? I'm getting so confused! Bring back the horse and buggy. That's right, horses give off too much methane!
Why couldn't we grow more corn for ethenal, and soybeans for biodiesel? Are all the farms producing to capacity? We aren't still paying farmers to not grow things are we? What about public lands? Instead of drilling offshore, let's plant corn up Camp David, the President doesn't go there anyway. Plant corn and soybeans along the median strips. How many billions of miles of power lines are there in the US that you can't build under? Plant it and let it go. Nobody will have to cut the grass anymore.
The Eastern shore has a biodiesel plant. Yep, we are trend setters and green! I don't know where you can buy it though. The website says you have to go to Texas, Oregon, or Hawaii? That doesn't seem too green. Is anyone really trying to come up with an answer? Biomass is too hard. I bet if you could distill it then sell it for consumption they could figure out how to do it. I have seen people who can't figure out how to come in out of the rain that can run meth labs, let them give it a try. Come on smart guys, give it a better try, we can do this!