Ethanol is an absolute joke. First of all, a very brilliant scientist, David Pimentel, took the concept of net energy, which is how much energy you invest versus how much you get in return, and he concluded that it takes more energy to make ethanol than you get from burning it, which is asinine because you drive oil-powered machines to irrigate and spread fertilizers, and you’re burning all that oil and natural gas to grow it. Then you make steam, which is more hydrocarbon energy. You add more chemicals and you come up with ethanol, which you can put in a car. Now, the Bush Administration had announced a goal of having 15% of all fuel in the United States made from ethanol. They forgot to tell you that it would take all the arable land used to grow corn to do it.
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Can’t we make electric cars?” and I keep having to bring them back to the fact that there’s seven gallons of oil in every tire, thousands of gallons of oil in every car: in the plastics, the paints, the resonance, everything. All of that is made by oil; the oil that’s used to manufacture the car and ship it around the world, to heat the metals, and so on. There will never be a billion electric powered vehicles because electricity is not an energy source. Electricity is generated by burning or using some other kind of energy. So really there’s no way