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11/28/2012 8:56:00 AM
Letter: Big oil has duped public about ethanol's usefulness

Editor:

The American public has been duped concerning ethanol.

Big Oil has led a campaign to convince people that ethanol is unrealistic, unpromising and not to be taken seriously. One misconception for example is the food vs. fuel debate.

Even when corn is used, over one-third of the original weight is left as a high-quality feed. However, ethanol can be made from many things we don't consider food. In the Southwest mesquite beans, cactus and gourd root can be used for ethanol production using the same process used for corn. In the North and Canada, Jerusalem artichoke, considered a weed to some, can be used.

No, it won't replace gasoline right away, but using the correct model it can help wean us off foreign oil dependence and create many jobs in a sustainable way. This would greatly help agricultural communities like Chino Valley and Paulden.

We can start here. We can start now.

William Reay

Chino Valle


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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, December 8, 2012
Article comment by: MIKE BROGAN

ANOTHER THOUGHT. IF THE CORN BELT HAS ANOTHER DROUGHT SEASON LIKE LAST SUMMER AND THEY HAVE TO TURN THE CROUP UNDER WHERE'S YOUR ETHANOL. WE HAVE ALMOST A NEVER ENDING SUPPLY OF OIL STILL UNTAPPED.
RAIN SLEET OR SNOW IT COMES OUT OF THE GROUND.


Posted: Monday, December 3, 2012
Article comment by: Ethanol Critic

First of all, it takes more energy to produce ethanol than it delivers as a motor fuel. Not to mention, filling up with ethanol in many places, such as the West Coast or in the mid-Atlantic states cost a driver as much as 40 cents more per gallon. Secondly, the higher price of E85 in many areas is made worse by ethanol's main drawback: ethanol, regardless of the price you pay for it, contains less energy than gasoline. This means that your car won't go as far on a gallon of E85, and your fuel economy will decrease by 20-30 percent. Here's some other interesting, yet often neglected facts. Modern farming relies heavily on diesel-powered equipment that emits greenhouse gases. Distilling ethanol is also an energy-intensive process that often uses electricity generated from coal, another source of greenhouse emissions. So why should I spend more for a less energy efficient fuel source that actually pollutes worse than regular gasoline?

Posted: Saturday, December 1, 2012
Article comment by: D H

the only problem right now with ethanol is it can damage your engine unless your vehicle was built to handle it. The new gas they are trying to put out is 15% ethanol and car manufacturers are telling consumers that using ethanol based fuel especially when it gets over 10% will make them not honor the warranty on their vehicle and sorry no matter how much people approve of this no one is going to go out and spend another 30,000 to 40,000 to buy a new vehicle to accommodate the ethanol based fuel my truck is still like new and i have no intention of ever replacing it i will get it repaired but not replace it and there are many more out there like me.



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