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Ethanol: What They Aren’t Telling You

Most information on Ethanol presents the corn-based fuel as a panacea for the worlds pollution woes, a green-jobs creator, and a needed boost to American farmers.  Digging into these claims brings some interesting data points to the surface.

The American Coalition for Ethanol touts ethanol as:

..a high octane, clean burning, American-made renewable fuel. Its production and use offer a myriad of benefits to the United States and its citizens.
The production of ethanol is an economic engine for the United States, adding value to U.S. agricultural products and bringing billions of dollars to the nation’s economy each year. The use of ethanol reduces harmful auto emissions, offers consumers a cost-effective choice at the pump, and decreases the amount of expensive crude oil needed to satisfy the nation’s thirst for transportation fuel.

Wow, sounds great doesn’t it, like the energy holy grail, until you dig into ethanol itself.  Examining the ethanol production process is somewhat revealing.

The number one crop used for Ethanol is corn. Uh-oh- now we have to divert corn to become our new Gasoline, but is there enough Corn?

The USDA Economic Research Service about corn:

  • Corn is the most widely produced feed grain in the United States, accounting for more than 90 percent of total value and production of feed grains.
  • Around 80 million acres of land are planted to corn, with the majority of the crop grown in the Heartland region.
  • Most of the crop is used as the main energy ingredient in livestock feed.
  • Corn is also processed into a multitude of food and industrial products including starch, sweeteners, corn oil, beverage and industrial alcohol, and fuel ethanol.
  • The United States is a major player in the world corn trade market, with approximately 20 percent of the corn crop exported to other countries.
  • ERS analyzes events in the domestic and global corn markets that influence supply, demand, trade, and prices.

That means that all of our corn is already in high demand in everything from Aspirin, to cereals, to livestock feed. If Ethanol replaced motor vehicle fuel, the principles of supply and demand would force almost all corn produced to be diverted to Ethanol production. This would skyrocket the price of all corn-dependent products including livestock fed from corn unless they find an alternative.

According to the Cato Institute in a January 2008 report titled “Food Fight” Ethanol has already had an affect on our economy.

The ethanol boom has knock-on effects in the rest of the rural economy. The growing use of cereals, sugar, oilseed and vegetable oils to produce ethanol and biodiesel is supporting crop prices and, indirectly through higher animal feed costs, raising costs for livestock production. As Table 1 shows, the prices for poultry, beef, and eggs have all increased by more than 5 percent this year. (Pork prices have risen relatively slowly because production has been very high compared to demand, although producers are expected to lower production during 2008 because of losses from low prices and higher feedcosts.[12]) Farmland prices in key corn-growing states such as Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota have increased by more than 20 percent in the last year.

So thats the economic impact, Choose between corn-dependent products or driving – you can’t afford to do both.

According to Elsa Steward in her article “What’s Wrong with Ethanol?” She points out that Ethanol by itself is not cost effective.

Ethanol is not likely to give us any relief from high gasoline prices. A gallon of gasoline produces about 1.5 times more energy as a gallon of ethanol. Because of this lower energy density, ethanol production and transport requires more production and transport capacity than gasoline. Ethanol also absorbs water, which is present in existing pipelines. Ethanol cannot be transported in these pipelines because the water would dilute the ethanol. The ethanol must therefore be carried over land by train or truck, a more expensive means of moving the ethanol from one place to another. Although the price of motor fuel sometimes increases due to problems with foreign and domestic oil supplies, the price of ethanol has historically been higher than gasoline prices and may remain higher for some time to come.

The Department of Energy’s Genomic Science Program

  • Can one gallon of ethanol displace one gallon of gasoline?
    • No. Ethanol has about 70% the energy content of gasoline per unit volume, so for every gallon of gasoline consumed, 1.4 gallons of ethanol would be needed to displace it. Ethanol, however, has a higher octane rating than gasoline — about 113 for ethanol compared to 87 for regular gasoline. The higher the octane rating, the better a fuel is at preventing engine “knocking” caused by inefficient fuel combustion. In other words, the higher-octane fuel provides better performance because it is used more efficiently to generate power rather than heat. If engines were optimized to take advantage of the higher octane rating of ethanol, they could achieve fuel economy more similar to that of gasoline engines.
  • Can ethanol be used by existing fuel-distribution infrastructure?
    • Ethanol and gasoline-ethanol blends cannot be transported by existing pipelines that carry gasoline. Water present in petroleum pipelines can pull ethanol out and cause ethanol-gasoline blends to separate into two phases. Ethanol must be transported by train, barge, or truck within an independent distribution system to ensure handling separate from the ethanol-production facility to distribution terminals, where ethanol is blended with gasoline just before delivery to retail stations.
  • Can ethanol be used in colder northern U.S. climates?
    • Due to ethanol’s lower vapor pressure, engine ignition is more difficult in colder weather for vehicles running on fuels with high ethanol content. During winter months, gasoline is added to E85 (85% ethanol and 15% gasoline blend) to make E70 (70% ethanol and 30% gasoline), which has a vapor pressure that improves starting in cold weather. Although current practice is to “blend-down” E85, the cold-start issue is a technologically solvable engineering problem for vehicle manufacturers.

I can’t afford a bowl of cereal, probably can’t afford to get very far in my car, if I’m up north, I can’t drive in the winter and ethanol has to be trucked in which means it burns more ethanol to get ethanol. But wait theres more. If you act now on this “Clean-Burning” fuel we will include free pollution with every purchase.

Oh gee did we leave that part out? So sorry, ethanol is not “clean burning” nor is the process to make it.

From Gas2.0

The Des Moines Register reported the other day that Iowa’s ethanol plants contribute 15 Percent — 7.6 million metric tons out of a total of 52 million metric tons — of greenhouse-gas emissions found in the state’s new inventory of major manufacturers, businesses and power plants
Iowa’s Department of Natural Resources found that the largest portion of the state’s overall emissions came from fermenting grain at the plants and not from burning natural gas or coal. In addition, burning biomass such as switchgrass at various industrial plants added another 0.13 million metric tons.

Uh-oh Ethanol production produces more greenhouse gas than coal plants, not very clean is it. Imagine the effect Cap & Trade would have on this industry. Lets just say you’ll be better off with a bicycle.

But I digress, lets look at the burning of Ethanol itself.

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) fought against the EPA granting Ethanol a Clean Air Act waiver for an increase from the 10% Ethanol Gasoline to increase from 15% to 50% (Note now its 10% Ethanol and 85% Ethanol) in May of 2009 due to, among other reasons, Ethanol production’s propensity to “degrade water quality, worsen emissions of some air pollutants and escalate health risks for children and other vulnerable people, according to scientific studies by the Department of Energy, Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, National Research Council, independent academic researchers and EPA scientists”

An environmental watchdog group is telling us that increasing the amount of ethanol used will increase air pollution and lead to health risks based on Government studies, and yet its that same Government trying to force it upon us.

In short, widespread use of ethanol only creates more problems than it is supposed to solve. IIt is not the holy grail of green energy, if anything its more pollutive than standard fossil fuel use.

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Truth Unimportant, Left Will Do Anything to Destroy Tea Party

*updated* from orginal post on 6/13/10.

When The Tea Parties began, the Liberal Media’s first instinct was to ignore and ridicule it to hopefully make it go away. With that strategy failing, the left is pulling out all the stops.

Fox News picked up the stories and began to cover the Tea Party events.  The even-handed coverage was more than the liberal media could take – they had  to cover the Tea Party as well.  Unlike Fox News, the rest of the media colored their stories with derogatory terms and a belittling perspective – the reports lacked any sense of fairness.

Just painting the Tea Party as full of ignorant, silly people didn’t go far enough.  In a full-on race-baiting rant, Chris Matthews was the first to exclaim that, “They’re all white” and that the Tea Partiers represent, “The other demographic”.

Joe Arpaio with Ted Hayes (background)

It, of course, didn’t matter that the Tea Party is open to everyone regardless of race/color/creed/sexual preference/or political party.  The Tea Partier’s positive response to non-white rally speakers such as Ted Hayes and Bert Hernandez more than refutes this sad point, but the majority of event attendees are white and that was enough for the MSM.

Thus, the rest followed suit declaring the Tea Party all white, therefore they must be racist. After the “All White” exclamation, the Liberal media went out of its way to find racism at Tea Parties, and unfortunately they did find some. They took the few instances they found and turned into full blown cries of the “Tea Party is Racist”

The racist narrative started failing as videos demonstrated that the Tea Partiers actually turned racist groups away – those pushing any brand of racism were asked to leave and culled from the crowds.

At the Health Care Rally in Washington DC, A Congressman claimed he was spit on intentionally and called the ‘N-word’ several times. He also stated that he heard it all over the place at the rally. Mr. Brietbart offered a substantial reward for video/audio proof of this accusation but no proof has come forward, instead quite the opposite. Several videos proving the innocence of the Tea Party have shown up, but not one showing any racism.

Because the cries of racism and the severe bias in media coverage have not broken the Tea Party , the left brought back an old tactic from, as stated by Chris Matthews, “One of their heroes of the past, Saul Alinsky”

And, as an article at Breitbart.com illustrates, the movement to infiltrate the Tea Party was begun.

The idea is simple, show up at a Tea Party rally with a racist or poorly spelled sign, dressed as a KKK or Neo Nazi member, or anything that will discredit the Tea Party or make them look Racist or stupid. Alinsky told students to use this tactic in the Spring of 72 during a George HW Bush speech on Nixon’s Vietnam War policies at Tulane University.

The infiltration was attempted many times, but the Tea Party was ready and responded with intelligence, not violence. All infiltrators were quickly exposed and either ridiculed and hounded till they left, or followed around by real Tea Party members holding signs with arrows and saying, “He’s not with us” “Infiltrator” “Soros Paid Stooge” and so on.

Due to the failure of the infiltration to stop or end the Tea Party, the left has once again upped the ante. They have graduated to full on disruption.

Vicious threats, insults, and open violence.

http://www.thefoxnation.com/tea-party-movement/2010/06/09/watch-bush-hater-punches-tea-partier-face

From the Ft Lauderdale Tea Party Website

TEA PARTY CRASHERS INVADE!!!

On Saturday June 5th, our 68th consecutive week, three tea party crashers invaded our humble corner with physical abuse along with the most vile language you’ve ever heard. The law was called and Fort Lauderdale’s finest showed up immediately. Two men and one woman did not like our right of freedom of speech. They physically assualted some members of our group and there is one lady in our group that was pushed into the street. She is thinking of pressing charges against the male that assualted her. Tea Party Fort Lauderdale will not give in to this Obama Style Thuggery!!! Check out our “newsletter” page on our website for more lies and deceptions from the left.

The New Black Panthers to “Prepare for War” against the Tea Party

With the rise of the Tea Party, the white-right and other racist forces. With gun sales nationwide at an all time high amongst whites, with a mood that is more anti-Black than any time recent, it is imperative that we organize our forces, pool our resources and prepare for war!” Chairman Malik Zulu Shabazz, Esq. Convention Convener and Party Chairman.

The Tea Party has faced opposition since it began and unfortunately, that opposition has escalated to violence. The Lefts efforts to shut down the voice of “We The People” has not worked so they are beginning to do what they always resort to, attack. I write this not to scare you, but to make you aware of how far they are willing to go to frighten you into submission.

*Update 7/17/10*

Due to the New Black Panther/Obama DoJ scandal the New Black Panthers have made several media appearances In almost all public appearances are threats of a confrontation between Glenn Beck & Tea Party vs the New Black Panthers.

Russian TV:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCYokE2KQzc

Mediaite:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPPC–1b_m4

Geraldo:

and heres a piece from the interview with Megyn Kelly followed by a speech from the NBP leader proclaiming that they “need to be armed” and “get rid of the police”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtJVPPi_iAk

And to further the Progressive Demonization of the Mainstream American Tea Party the NAACP passed a resolution calling on the Tea Party to repudiate “Racist Elements” within it. h Right after first lady Michele Obama finished speaking at a NAACP function stating basically that we are still unequal.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3sTRpdQzGEc

This resolution is nothing more than “Fanning the flames” There is no proof or evidence that can or has been brought against the Tea Party to justify it.

The Tea Party already removes through nonviolent means all protestors that exhibit racist or questionable views as I showed above during the infiltrator attempts. The Tea Party is neither racist nor inviting to racists and are being set up by the Progressives. The New Black Panthers are trying to incite violence with their hateful rhetoric and pending confrontation. Stand firm patriots and hold the line peacefully. Let them scream and curse. Just remember, The LEFT wants you to be violent to paint you as the racist violent right wing enemy. Everyday you stand firm and deny them that violence is a victory for us all.

FEMA's Missing, But Not Why You May Think

Americans are asking, “Where’s FEMA?  Why aren’t they involved with the Gulf Oil Spill”.  The answer is as sad as it is strange.

Oddly enough, there’s been no formal request from any of the Gulf State Governors to declare the BP Oil Spill a “Federal Disaster Area”.  Instead, there have been numerous requests for aid that would normally follow the formal declaration of a disaster, but without the official declaration.  Governor Jindal (R-LA) asked the Small Business Association to, “..declare an Economic Injury Disaster Declaration that entitles local business owners to apply for federally subsidized loans” and asked the Department of Defense to “..approve funding for at least 90 days of military duty in Title 32 USC 502(f) status for up to 6,000 Soldiers and Airmen serving on active duty ..”.
Even though there’s been no disaster declaration, FEMA is offering aid by guiding victims through the claims process on the DisasterAssistance.Gov website.  But, make no mistake, claims go to BP not through the Federal government.
“The Administration will continue to hold BP responsible for all removal costs and damages associated with the BP oil spill, including efforts to stop the leak at its source, reduce the spread of oil and protect the shoreline and mitigate damages, to the maximum extent possible under the law.
Under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 and other applicable laws, BP is accountable for processing and paying all removal costs and applicable damages incurred by individuals, business, and state and local governments as a result of the BP oil spill. Individuals may file a claim online or over the phone with BP, and may then be asked to visit a claims office location to provide documentation.
So now instead of where is FEMA, the question is, why isn’t this disaster a “Declared Federal Disaster”?  According to the Director of the University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security, Michael Greenberger Federal law “gives the president enough leeway .. If this threatens substantial harm to the health and safety and economy of the state, I think he could use the Stafford Act,” Greenberger said, in reference to the main disaster response law.
Well now we have one expert opinion stating that the Oil Spill could qualify as a declared disaster, but none of the Gulf State Governors have made the request as yet.
Governor’s Actions:

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Obama Takes Sides: Hugo Chavez Over England

On April 2nd, 1982 the Argentine Military invaded and occupied the Falkland Islands which had been home to nothing but British Shepherds for years. The British Navy responded with the largest naval action since WWII and In the ensuing Falklands War 900 people lost their lives.

The British won the war and maintained ownership and control of the Falklands. Now the British Falklands are under attack again, this time diplomatically. The Falkland Islands have been found to be oil rich, and Argentina wants them again. Backed by Hugo Chavez chanting “Queen of England the Empire is over,” 32 Latin American and Caribbean heads of state agreed to support “the legitimate rights of the republic of Argentina in the sovereignty dispute with Great Britain”.

The question for the UK has been, Where is Obama?  At Telegraph.co.uk Nile Gardiner writes,

If the Obama administration does not take a clear position in support of London, the Anglo-American Special Relationship will be significantly damaged. It is imperative that in the coming days the White House issues an unequivocal statement backing UK sovereignty over the Falklands in the face of Argentinian bullying, and sends a clear signal that it stands united with Great Britain.
President Barack Obama and his Secretary of State Hillary Clinton cannot remain neutral and sit on the fence over an issue of vital national interest to the United Kingdom. While British and American soldiers fight side by side on the battlefields of Afghanistan, the United States must stand shoulder to shoulder with the British people as they once again confront Argentine aggression and defend their own kith and kin.

That was in February 2010, The Obama admin had done just that, sit on the fence, until now. Now he has done the exact of what Britain ever expected. Obama has sided with (Socialist) Latin American countries in demanding sovereignty negotiations over the Falklands. This is yet another slap in the face to our ever shrinking list of allies in an attempt to appease those that should be our enemies.

The American position on the Falklands and the current issues over British Petroleum are a sign to England that their friendship with us means nothing. We will lose our old friends.

By siding with the Chavez back Argentina, Obama is sending a clear signal to our allies that they mean nothing to us and to Communists we are on their side. Chavez is a rabid wolf that cannot be appeased, this will only whet his appetite. Seeing this weakness from the USA will prompt him to conduct his lifelong dream and invade Colombia.

The British paid for the Falkland Islands in blood, and will never give them up regardless of what position Obama takes.

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Sources:

  1. http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/180325/Barack-Obama-sparks-new-row-over-Falklands
  2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Falklands_War