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Why the push for ethanol when fossil fuel use to produce it is so high?And what about powerplants?

Coal and fuel oil are still the most common fuels for powerplants and factories!!! I have read the amount of fossil fuels needed to manufacture ethanol outweighs the benefits.I am a huge believer in the use of alternative fuels and though politically unpopular believe in the increased use of nuclear power plants for our energy requirements. I guess what I'm asking is other then the political and economic benefits of ethanol why the push for it's use?I think it will take a huge mixture of different alternative fuel sources in this country to lower pollution and to heal us of our imported oil addiction!

Asked By: drokk - 3/4/2007
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I really cannot answer you about this, eventhough ethanol is for sure the most simple and easy solution in the short term. On the other hand, as a brazilian consumer, I can explain how it works in Brazil... More
Answered By: Alvaro Z - 3/6/2007
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I agree, more Nuke plants. The really obscene thing is that we only import about 20% of our oil from the Mideast. SURELY, we can do without, or conserve, or replace that 20 % with some other source and tell them nihilist idiots to go pound sand?
Answered By: stargazergurl22 - 3/4/2007
 
Somebody else without the facts!!! In Brazil, which has SOLVED its need for petroleum. Produces more ethanol than any other nation on earth. The plants that produce the ethanol are practically self sustaining. They use the remains of the bio crop to fire the distillers, as well as gas biproducts... More
Answered By: dickn2000 - 3/4/2007
 
I agree, we should be building new nuclear power plants right now. It's the only means we have of creating on-site, on-demand power cleanly, without producing 'greenhouse' gases. While we're at it, why don't we use that nuclear power to convert our incredibly vast resources of coal into synthetic fuel to solve a great... More
Answered By: yooper4278 - 3/4/2007
 
Yes, ethanol is not the answer, and, as you pointed out, it actually saves no fossil fuel... More
Answered By: J.R. - 3/4/2007
 
Ethanol doesn't make sense unless the waste heat of power plants is used. The only company utilizing waste power plant heat that has been published is Headwaters. Ethanol from cellulosic byproducts is far behind. This would prevent corn price inflation but not solve the energy consumption problem.
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Answered By: gugulimpy - 3/4/2007
 
Watch it there... you're peeking behind their curtain! What I wonder is why no one is talking about how with farming for Ethanol, it takes more Diesel per acre to raise the crop than they get out of it as an end product!
Answered By: barefoot_always - 3/4/2007
 
Nuclear power is obscene. How DARE we produce something that is toxic in a really BIG way for 250 000 years? how can that be "clean... More
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Answered By: jarrah_fortytwo - 3/4/2007
 
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