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Why Corn Ethanol is not the solution to our energy crises!

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- If all the corn in the US were used for ethanol production it would only displace 12% of the gasoline currently used according to the National Academy of Sciences'.

- Ethanol typically requires more fossil fuels to make from corn than it produces as fuel.

- Corn ethanol is not sustainable because frowing corn erodes the the soil 18 times faster than it can recover. (Contrast with Industrial Hemp which actually replenishes the soil and is "one of the fastest CO2-to-biomass conversion tools available, more efficient than agro-forestry per land use," source: Hemp Global Solutions.)

- While it takes 18 gallons of water to make a gallon of gasoline from crude oil, it takes Over 12,000 gallons of water to make a gallon of enthanol from corn!

- "The overall environmental impacts of ethanol and bio-diesel can very easily exceed those of petrol and mineral diesel" according to The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

- "Ethanol is not a cheap source of energy; it is about three times as expensive as gasoline," source: www.farmecon.com.

So naturally, follows the question, what is the solution to our energy crises?
We prescribe energy efficiency and a move towards a conservation society,
For example, at present fossil fuel power plants rarely achieve conservation efficiency greater than 40% and transmission losses on the US power grid are estimated at 7-9%, so almost half of all fossil fuel energy is lost before it is put to use. For this reason and many others it would be better to have smaller and more localised power stations, in these instances the steam produced could be reused to heat local homes and workplaces for no additional cost.

To learn more about these and similar concepts please consult our earlier article Nuclear Energy vs. Conservation of Energy.
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