Clean Fuels at a Glance

  • • Higher Mixed Alcohols
  • • Methanol
  • • Grain Ethanol
  • • Cellulosic Ethanol
  • • Synthetic Ethanol
  • • Biodiesel
  • • Butanol
  • • Dimethyl Ether (DME)
Synthetic gasoline? Syndiesel from coal? Oil-based fuels from algae, grasses or waste grease? Single alcohols like ethanol? What about higher mixed alcohol fuel?

Which fuel is the best and why?

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Fuel For Thought

There is no energy crisis, only a crisis of ignorance."

- Buckminister Fuller

Somebody needed to do something, and it was incredibly pathetic that it had to be us.

- Jerry Garcia

We are confronted with insurmountable opportunities.

- Walt Kelly

For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled.

-Richard Feynman

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The Green Fuel Prescription

At Risk: Economy, Environment
Disease: Fossil Fuel Dependency
Symptoms: Pollution, Oil Sheiks
Cure: Higher Mixed Alcohol Fuel
Dosage: Continuous 24/7
Contraindications: None
Manufacturer: Bioroot Energy, LLC

Ethanol’s wasteful tax credit

A Pacific Ethanol plant in Madera, Calif. (Robert Durell / Los Angeles Times)

Ethanol in our gas tanks costs the US taxpayer $6 billion dollars a year, and it’s going to continue—even with the enormous political pressure on both sides of the aisle to reduce the federal deficit.  Nobody seems to endorse this subsidy except oil interests. Why oil interests?

Because the $.45 per gallon tax credit goes to the oil refiners who blend corn ethanol with gasoline, not the corn farmer.

That’s right: $6 billion a year in subsidies to oil companies to blend corn ethanol into your gasoline. Along with its many known environmental problems (fertilizer/pesticide pollution, expanding dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico) and economic issues, including using 38 percent of America’s corn crop.

And beyond corn ethanol, “cellulosic” ethanol is not yet ready for prime time, and some in the fuel industry believe CE may well never be ready to stand on its merits without a similar subsidy.

The last thing this country needs is to be locked further into a single alcohol fuel with so many inherent liabilities and concerns, especially when E4™ ENVIROLENE®, a much better “oxygenate” fuel, is waiting in the wings.

The last paragraph in today’s LA Times editorial says it all:

“The lesson: Devotion to rigid party orthodoxy trumps common sense even on those rare occasions when Democrats and Republicans widely agree. That’s grim news for anybody hoping for problem-solving by Congress.”

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End the Ethanol Insanity

“Ethanol is not an ideal transportation fuel. The future of transportation fuels shouldn’t involve ethanol.”

—Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Nov. 29, 2010

Thank you, Ed Wallace, for telling the truth when it comes to corn ethanol.  And thank you, Steven Chu, for doing the same. Just so you know, that’s not what we (the USA) are doing.

In just 10 years, the corn ethanol industry has gone from 0 to almost 9 percent of the American fuel supply. Yet this first generation renewable fuel requires crops to be grown, and a subsidy to be profitable, and as noted in the article, ethanol is not ideally suited for American vehicles.

A decade later, what have we learned? As a country we’ve learned that we can’t “grow” our way to energy independence. And we’ve learned that EtOH from fermented corn starch isn’t the last word in renewable fuel.  Far from it, in fact.

So what’s beyond ethanol?

ENVIROLENE® contains 49 percent ethanol, but this synthetic ethanol doesn’t come from corn.  In fact it doesn’t from any food crop or fuel crop. And because E4™ contains up to 9 more alcohols, it’s a very different alcohol fuel…much more powerful, cleaner, and less corrosive by far than C2 ethanol.  Plus, you don’t have to live in corn country to make ENVIROLENE® . :-)

It’s time to end subsidies for corn ethanol production, yet the federal government has just renewed the $.45/gallon ethanol subsidy for another year.  And it’s time to use all of the alcohols (and feedstocks) at our disposal, not just the ones recommended by the corn industry!

The direction of our nation’s economy and the compelling need for clean fuels absolutely demands that we quickly move beyond first-generation biofuel.

Link to End The Ethanol Insanity: Ed Wallace Business Week article

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