Saturday, March 12, 2005
war alternative fuels
This whole Middle East invasion should set back any mainstream ethanol plans for a few years. If we don't use all of this oil and natural gas we just liberated then what was the point? The natural gas pipeline through Afghanistan (on Farenheit 9/11) and the huge oil reserves in Iraq would make looking for alternatives seem unnecessary. Maybe ethanol could have competed with fossil fuels thirty years ago during the oil embargo, but politics are stacked against it right now. Don't get me wrong, I think ethanol85 is great. It is priced to compete with gasoline, it acts like gasoline, and it is made with 85% renewable resources. But while the world and economy as a whole stands to gain from ethanol, there are many powerful people and companies that stand to lose a lot from it. I think in the end greed will win. It usually does.