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Ethanol, energy consumption, etc.

by on Jan.29, 2007, under General

Ok, this has GOT to be one of the more interesting , if highly technical reads I've read through in a long while.  It's definitely worth reading through, if nothing else to get a better understanding of the energy costs of ethanol and other alternative fuels.  The author points out rather well the issue of efficiency and energy loss in these systems.  For farmers/environmentalists, it's also a very good read to consider and REALLY understand issues, instead of merely spouting "Green is good" – I've known too many environmentalists who shout messages they don't really understand rather than paying attention to facts.

I guess that's one reason the article above really got my attention – it does the math, and runs the numbers in a way I've found VERY few on any side of related issues to have ever discussed.  It's a good read, pretty informative, and definitely brings up some things to think about, long term.  Honestly, I think the car I heard about at the Detroit show, the Chevy Volt  is definitely one vehicle in which EVERYONE should show an interest.  

SO, read the article above, take a look at the volt, and hopefully get a good view of the future! 

1 Comment for this entry

  • kropp

    The Volt is very cool – I didn’t get over to the Chevy display while I was at the show. Honda has said recently that they will have an Accord sized vehicle, powered by hydrogen, ready for sale in the US within two years. I find this a bit hard to believe, as there really is no convenient infrastructure for the delivery of the fuel (they say they will have that solved) – but if they can pull it off, more power to them.

    The exhaust from the Honda hydrogen car, is drinkable water.

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