-----" It is fruitless to converse with you, but I share this information to keep you from misleading others."-----
It would appear to me that you don't even read the web sites that you post.
Yearly review of the ethanol blend is built into the Brazilian regulation system.
This sounds like an excellent program. Long overdue.
--------" As part of this technology transition, NREL is working with key stakeholders and nonprofits to support civilian commercialization. This will provide a diversity of suppliers, U.S. jobs, and ultimately a lower price point for the Navy."------
I especially like this part of the program.
------" "I understand that alternative fuels may help our guys in the field, but wouldn't you agree that the thing they'd be more concerned about is having more ships, more planes, more prepositioned stocks," said Representative Randy Forbes during a hearing with Mabus. "Shouldn't we refocus our priorities and make those things our priorities instead of advancing a biofuels market?"-------
Dear Representative Forbes,
It doesn't matter HOW many ships, planes or tanks you have............if you do not have any fuel to sail, fly or drive them.
@ Robert Fairchild
Wrong on every count.
The last three wars the US has become involved in have oil(the securing and protection of resource supplies) as root causes.
@ Cliff Claven
Petroleum has to be refined before it can be used. And petroleum is running out. The price is only going to go up.
Starting next month.
And when can we expect to see a fall in prices at the pump with all of this glut of oil?
And what is the price of gasoline going to be after this "sharp and enduring dip yet to come"?
You are the one predicting huge drops in gasoline prices.
I'm sure everyone else is waiting for you to tell us when and how much we should expect prices to drop.
So far, you've given us a time frame of sometime between this year and next year. So we are looking at a half way point of around Christmas.
So, is Santa going to bring everyone lower petroleum prices this year?
cliff-----------" Hans, what perhaps you do not understand is that the fuel the military uses is far different than corn ethanol or soy biodiesel. Such alcohol or lipid blendstock must be upgraded through a complex series of processes including hydrogenation, dexoygenation, cracking, isomerization, fractionation, and blending with additives"-----------
Wrong. Ethanol is a finished product. Ethanol belongs to a class of chemicals called oxygenates. Oxygenates are required to be added to gasoline to clean sludges and varnishes from the fuel system since gasoline is such a poor solvent, and to boost octane levels to usable levels. Without the addition of oxygenates, gasoline would be totally unusable in current engines. Ethanol is the cheapest and least toxic oxygenate available.
Plant and animal lipids are made into biodiesel by the process of transesterification. Similar to soapmaking. They do not need refining as petroleum does. Biofuels provide better lubrication, are better solvents, and contain no sulphur compared to petroleum diesel. ULSD(ultra low sulphur diesel), the only kind you can buy require the addition of 5% biodiesel to prevent engine destruction because petroleum diesel loses lubrication when sulphur is removed. The only diesel fuel you can buy is B5 biodiesel.
---------" Also, the US military only uses 2% of US petroleum, and there is no doubt that, in time of conflict, that 2% will be sourced as a priority."----------
Wrong. It is closer to 20%. The US military is the largest single consumer of petroleum in the world.
-------" The oil in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, if refined, represents about five years of US military use (but only five months of jet fuel because of its small refinery fraction and high military demand)."----------
Wrong. Closer to 5 weeks in a worst case scenario.
Not all crops require the use of fertilizer.
1. Ethanol and biodiesel are not hydrocarbons"----------
And you are calling ME ignorant?
Gee whiz!!!! Ethanol is an alcohol. Imagine that.
And totally unsuited as a motor fuel.
Maybe you'd better tell the people who run the Indy 500 about that. They are planning to run the Indy 500 later this month. They might like to have you tell them how the fastest race cars in the world won't run on an alcohol fuel----like the 100% ethanol that they use. Maybe they haven't figured it out yet, they've only been running exclusively on alcohol base fuels for 50 years.
You might also call the Navy and the Air Force and tell them that they can't fly their planes on biofuels. They might not pay much attention to you however. They are already flying planes on a 50/50 blend of petroleum/camolina---and have been for about the last 5 years.