Mike the Usurper wrote:
A prominent Muslim scholar in Saudi Arabia has warned that those using alcohol-based biofuels in their cars could be committing a sin.
What, my car is going to get drunk? Hey, I'm against ethanol because it doesn't work, sure, you can run a car on it, but you're pumping a gallon of gas into the tractor to make the gallon of gas out of the corn. That doesn't make a lot of sense. But this? This is heading into "My imaginary friend can beat up your imaginary friend" territory.
Based upon my limited experience with growing corn, I'm calling bullshit. You plow once, till once, fertilize, and corn grows itself. Grow beans with it and it doesn't leach the soil. You can get two corn crops in each year in Georgia and each stalk every six-twelve inches produces two ears on average. That comes out to an average of about 107 bushels per acre in Georgia on average. Let me tell you, you don't burn much fuel per acre to grow corn. The quantity of fuel burned per ear is miniscule. Each acre of corn on the national average gives you about 7110 pounds of corn for processing into 328 gallons of ethanol.
I'm growing corn, and you expect me to believe that it takes more than the gasoline equivalent of 328 gallons of ethanol to grow an acre of corn? I call citified bovine hippy bullshit on you, sir. Utter and complete bullshit. The more I learn about farming the more I learn that vegetarian hippies in cities know nothing about anything to do with agriculture, and most of their belief systems are based on false information.
It doesn't take much fuel to grow corn, and I find it hard to believe the overall fuel use is much either, if you distill and burn the ethanol near the corn farm.
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