Friday, May 26, 2006

Ethanol Production : Hardly Very Green

Nick Grealy at the NHS in the UK writes a compelling argument agains the wastefulness of ethanol production. Ie, to make ethanol is harming the environment, and rushing into it may be a mistake.

Reminds me of all the hype about battery powered cars: the electricity used for the battery charging is 1) wasteful due to loss in transmission, 2) only moves the pollution production to the place where the electricity is created, rather than smoke coming frm the tailpipe.

"In principle, making fuel from plants makes good sense. Instead of spewing fossilized carbon into the atmosphere, you're burning the same carbon that a plant removed from the air only a few months earlier - so, theoretically, you've added no additional carbon. Sounds pretty green - and would be, if the plant you proposed to make the ethanol from were grown in a green way.
But corn is not."

"But just because making ethanol from corn is an environmentally and economically absurd proposition doesn't mean ethanol made from other plants is a bad idea."

I think his opinion (The Great Yellow Hope) is very telling.


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