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Quick Note

07 Feb

I just got off the phone with my brother who is a farmer, rancher, and mechanic.  He brought up an interesting distinction that I hadn’t made previously: Alternative Fuels vs. Green Fuels.  Apparently it’s more common in the agricultural world than on the interwebz or the MSM.

Green Fuel/Energy: Wind, Solar, Geothermal, etc.
Alternative Fuel: Ethanol, Bio-Diesel, etc.  
The only difference between Alternative Fuels and Fossil Fuels is a few thousand years.  He points out that we should be proud of scientist for figuring out how to “speed up the process of turning plant material into fuel that we can use in combustion engines” but it should stop there.  Alternative fuels give off almost the same amount of emissions as fossil fuels, but consume a ton of fossil fuel energy in their production.  
He was also able to show me that the economy first started to shake when the .gov first began subsidizing corn for ethanol production.  Corn prices shot up almost 300%.  Next thing you know $700 cows are selling for $150 and there’s economic melt down.  However, now that agricultural markets are stabilizing, so will the rest of the market.  Apparently this is a common trend and it always begins and ends with agriculture – it’s the first to shake and the first to settle.
It made sense on the phone and I will not question his expertise – this is how he makes his living!
His advice?  Now that agricultural markets are back to normal (or even a little below) the economy will begin to straighten out in about 3-4 months.  Restock your food storage as much as possible before the Obamessiah begins pushing his energy policy and using his magic alchemy to turn ragweed into gasoline.
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1 Comment

Posted by on February 7, 2009 in Family, Food, Local, Random, Tech

 

One response to “Quick Note

  1. BobG

    February 8, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    Using so much of the corn for ethanol definitely contributed to the economic problems we now face. It changed fuel costs, livestock-feeding costs, and food prices.

     

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