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Category: Energy Sources
4 comments27 Apr 2006 @ 04:09 by Bill @18.104.22.168 : Un-Sustainable Biodiesel
Tim, I think you are right on the money here. I'm an environmentalist, and engineer and I own a farm in Illinois. I agree that bio-fuels may help offset the effects of the global warming, a little bit. And, even though I would love to see higher grain prices for my farm, I don't think that bio-fuels will offer any significant relief to the environmental crisis we are in. The only people that will benefit from an incresed demand for bio-fuels will be the bio-fuel processors. Not the farmers, not the public, and certianly not the environment. There simply is not enough arable land in the world to support production of bio-fuels to meet current energy demands. Not to mention the possibility that it actually takes more energy to produce bio-fuels than we get out of them. It would also put our energy consumption in direct competition for food with regard to land use. This would be a very dangerous situation. I hope people will wake up and see the fallacy of large-scale bio-fuel usage. It is not the answer.
28 Jul 2006 @ 19:18 by silver47 : Sustainable Biodiesel
I am very much behind this movement towards sustainable biodiesels. It can use recycled cooking oils with little processing; which currently only go to making soap and glycerine. Even if this doesn't turn out to be feasible on a large scale, it could go a long ways to reducing the use of petroleum in a farm setting, allowing farmers to reduce thier cost of producing food crops and the accompanying pollution that comes from burning petroleum. Imagine, pouring a bottle of a cheap cooking oil into your tank, or even filtering that which you've already used.
7 Aug 2006 @ 06:51 by jeremy s. @22.214.171.124 : bio diesel energy output
I actually just read an article about how bio-diesel is an energy generator. The report could be wrong but it claims that "If soybean is grown as a rotation crop with corn using state of the art farm practices as much as four times the energy input can be realized from the various products" You can check it out at this website.
I don't think it is a long term solution, but I believe it is a short term solution to help ween America off of foreign oil and start a long term change to a more environmentally friendly fuel solution.
12 Nov 2007 @ 08:16 by Wil @126.96.36.199 : Bio-diesel genertates more pollution
has anyone done the actual chemical calculation behind it? I did a little while back and realised, that weight for weight, oil is LESS POLLUTING than bio-diesel. in the long term, we are going to harm the environment more.
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