Burning the Furniture to Stay Warm: Corn Ethanol AgriFuels
You’ve heard me expressing my contempt for ethanol in gasoline because of what it does to small engines–the bane of my rural existance. More than that, I am ethically opposed to any agri-fuel that uses food crops or requires other intensive exploitation of ground water and top soil.
Well I guess I should just hush: soon, the 10% ethanol I detest may be largely replaced with 15% ethanol. And then we might really have engine issues. So best to be informed ahead of time. By all means, if your vehicle is pre-2001, beware.
My understanding is that much of this higher-ethanol fuel will be cellulosic. If it’s wood waste, that’s one thing. If it’s the trees your neighbor is selling from your shared property line to a biodigester to make a few quick bucks off of our addiction to liquid carbon-based energy, that’s another.
Whatever you or I think, Big Ag is behind it, so get out of the way. And if the Amurican rank and file here the words “cheaper” and “jobs” there could be no greater good, so again, game over.
Meanwhile, the corn belt continues to trend much, much drier. We’re putting a lot of eggs into a fragile basket.
And it’s not just the US Corn Belt that’s being squeezed by biofuel demands. Sugar cane, palm oil and other tropical plantings replace native rain forest for the sake of our morning commute.