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(Telegraph)   You know how biofuels like ethanol were supposed to help the environment? About that   ( telegraph.co.uk) divider line
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2014-03-29 09:23:22 AM  
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All I know from my time living in Nebraska is that too many people see ethanol as a way to make the Great Plains into the new Arabia. They're close to being correct: It's full of religious nutjobs reliant on one commodity for their success.
2014-03-29 01:49:40 PM  
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Shakin_Haitian: Not all water is from that aquifer. You qualified where the water was coming from. You should have done that in the first place in order to not look like someone who reasons as poorly as a creationist.

So, in your reasoning, the fact that the USA produces between a third and half of the worlds corn, and that the vast majority of that corn is produced in an area irrigated using the aquifer system I mentioned, and that we're currently dropping water levels there around 2% per year or so, and that 100,000 years of natural rainfall would be required to replenish that system has NO bearing on the cost of using corn ethanol as a fuel?

Maybe it's just me, but I kinda see Fark threads as a conversation over beers at a bar.  I've been unable to picture a single scenario like that in which I don't see you sitting in the corner, drooling.
2014-03-29 09:09:47 AM  
1 vote:

GRCooper: Read a report in the Economist a few years back - it takes 26 or so gallons of water to create 1 gallon of ethanol (versus 1:1 for gasoline )

If true, it doesn't sound viable as a gas replacement - WW3 will be fought over water

When water is used, it is gone forever. This is why the oceans have dried up.
2014-03-29 09:01:41 AM  
1 vote:
Apparently the telegraph is confused by nuanced issues such as energy policy

"Nuance" is a modern code word for "I can't really defend this, so I'm going to just pretend I'm so smart I can't explain it."
2014-03-29 08:52:07 AM  
1 vote:
Apparently the telegraph is confused by nuanced issues such as energy policy
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