Ethanol: Not so Green After All?

corn.jpgKurt Cobb points us to an article on Energy Bulletin that suggests ethanol is not everything it’s cracked up to be. By some measurements, it may take as many as 6 units of energy input to yeild one unit of ethanol output, and ironically, most of that input is fossil fuel-based fertilizer. Even if you were to grow corn organically, the amount of land used to produce ethanol would be tremendous and impractical, it is suggested. Energy Bulletin says investments in efficiency would have a far greater payoff in both environmental and financial terms.

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2 responses

  1. I just read a government article the debuncts that article stating the opposite – Four time efficient. I would not believe every thing you read more research is needed. The anti-ethonal fools are more against GM’s then efficiency, anyways. Who said we must need GM crops anyways? I do not want them, it ruins surrounding farms crops by contamination. A resent farmer lost in Federal court because the farm w/ GM crop crossponinated his crop and he had to till under his crop and pay fines for “stealing” the GM crop. B—S—!

  2. I just read a government article the debuncts that article stating the opposite – Four time efficient. I would not believe every thing you read more research is needed. The anti-ethonal fools are more against GM’s then efficiency, anyways. Who said we must need GM crops anyways? I do not want them, it ruins surrounding farms crops by contamination. A resent farmer lost in Federal court because the farm w/ GM crop crossponinated his crop and he had to till under his crop and pay fines for “stealing” the GM crop. B—S—!

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