Fuel not Fossils

The debate is finally taking hold. Few are arguing that fossil — carbon releasing — fuel is all we have to think about, and stake our future on. Much conversation is heard now about alternative fuels (somewhat different than alternative energy. All fuel is energy; not all energy is fuel. Fuel has to be transportable in small amounts in the vehicle itself. ) The loudest trumpets have been for ethanol — mainly due to the big US corn lobbies and pre-eminently Archer Daniels Midland (ADM). There is more to the story than that. This Alexei Barrionuevo NYT’s article is a quick little primer.

Biodiesel produced from soybeans produces more usable energy and reduces greenhouse gases more than corn-based ethanol, making it more deserving of subsidies..


Corn vs. Soy

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