Saturday, March 16, 2013
1) According to acclaimed physicist, Freeman Dyson, the climate of the planet 6,000 years ago was significantly warmer and wetter than it is today (the Sahara desert included). You'd think that that might be something worth considering prior to us going full-boar and wrecking the entire western economy.............2) Yes, Brazil and Indonesia are producing a lot of ethanol and other bio-fuels. But they're also devastating the rain forest and pushing up the cost of food while doing it....Green shmeen.............3) According to a new study from Stanford University, ethanol may actually be making the air dirtier than gasoline and diesel (they agree with the National Academy of Sciences, in other words). My solution? Hm, how 'bout we stop making Iowa the very first pimping station on the road to the White House? Yeah? Maybe?............4) According to the Cato Institute's Jerry Taylor, it basically takes as much energy to create ethanol as you derive from using the finished product; a net energy balance of at or near zero....Gee, I wonder why the west had to subsidize and mandate the shit.............5) According to a new study from the University of Minnesota, even if we set aside ALL of our corn crop for ethanol, that would only reduce our overall oil consumption by 12%. Rotsa ruck, in other words.