Sunday, October 21, 2007

Ethanol and Energy Independence

I hope that everyone reading this has long been convinced that biofuel - especially corn ethanol - is not going to replace our energy needs. It may well supplement traditional hydrocarbons and newer alternatives, but talking 'energy independence' from Iowa's cornfields is garbage.

Slate makes this point, as innumberable commentators have done previously:
And to raise a crop [of ethanol] sufficient to meet our gasoline thirst, we'd have to plant the entire continental United States with maize, leaving only a small corner of Delaware for bedrooms and a den.

Having been to Delaware, it's probably preferable to plant that first. It seems like better land than much of the country.

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