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Thursday, June 15, 2006

Biofuels - what's in it for the farmers?

Seattle-PI columnist Bill Virgin wrote about the pros and cons of bio diesel today.

Washington State legislation recently passed requring 2% of gasoline sold must be ethanol or biodiesel by late 2008. Virgin asks questions that aren't normally asked when the biodiesel topic comes up, specifically what are the ramifications on farmers?

His conclusion: "In all the enthusiasm over biofuels as a way to cut oil prices and imports, too little attention has been paid to the financial incentives that will encourage farmers in Washington to participate. It's mostly been about what's in it for motorists. For the industry to achieve any significant size, people will have to start asking what's in it for the farmers."

Read the full column here.


  • The other major item with all this addidive type stuff, to extend dino fuel, is the need to close the energy loop. By that I mean, how much energy does it require to make the corn or what ever for the bio matter, transport it to the cooker, how much energy to convert it into bio fuel and get it to market. What is the net result? Same holds to hydrogen. I takes a bunch of energy to make hydrogen is it more or less than the power one gets from the use of hydrogen fuel cell?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 13:12  


    Here's another myracle solution.

    I wonder how much electricity it uses?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 17:16  

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