March 12, 2011 at 6:00 pm in INFORUM
You just can’t keep a good boondoggle down. Continue Reading
Tags: columns, energy, Opinion, Ross Nelson 2 Comments »
Good article. With food costs rising I wonder when people will see that it’s not a good idea to be burning our food.
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The only solution to getting away from Mid East fuel sources is to wean ourselves off of ALL carbon based fuels. Bio fuels have a problem, they don’t change the 1st law of thermodynamics.
first law of thermodynamics (conservation) Energy is neither created nor destroyed, it changes from one form to another.
Yes, this means no bio fuel will cut down on oil use, you simply take the energy from oil to make ethanol, soy fuel, or even cellulose ethanol.
According to the second law of thermodynamics, you actually LOSE energy in the process. Not gain, as asserted by Ross.
second law of thermodynamics (entropy) The energy available after a chemical reaction is less than that at the beginning of a reaction; energy conversions are not 100% efficient.
They don’t take into account that although you put oil based fertilizers on the soil, the soil degrades and becomes useless. This is called nutrition mining and it makes the soil useless, especially in those marginal lands proposed for cellulose production.
Whats sad is North Dakota has much potential for non carbon based fuels, but we have no real desire to tap iinto them.
Hydrogen- if we were to set up wind generators around Devils Lake, we could convert the water into clean fuel at a zero cost after construction and maintenence.
Methanol. This is a greenhouse gas who’s byproducts are clean air and clean water. By processing farm waste and extracting it from the atmosphere, we could REDUCE global warming.
Wind seems to have a good start, lets see where they go with that!
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