Discussion in 'Off-topic Zone' started by jobberone, Jun 28, 2014.
Best to drain and fog cylinders
A few years ago, a company started producing Bio diesel from the left over sugar cane stalks after processing. They ran all thier trucks and equiiment on this fuel and burned very efficiently. They decided they wanted to expand, but didn't have the means to distribute the product. A big oil company showed interest and negotiated to buy the plant, formulations and take over the facility. The upstart company relented thinking that their idea would be a hit. As soon as the big oil company took over the plant, they shut it own. They crushed their competition, to never be heard of again.
There's another company that buys plastic dshboards and seats from cars in junk yards, and produce high quality bio diesel from it. The problem will always be the same, the delivery of the product. Only big oil companies have the capabilites and infrastructure needed to deliver the production of these fuel. With their cooperation, USA could be weaned off fossil fuels. I don't think I will live to see it happen.
Whoa whoa whoa now...
I don't know if the numbers have changed, but at one time it was costing $1.35 to produce $1.00 worth of ethanol. IMO, using corn was one of the worst choices they could have decided to go with. Other than the gas mileage and engine problems, it has raise the price of food and for those of us with livestock, feed prices put many farmers out of business. I am for anything to replace corn. The people that live in cities have no ideal how much high corn prices have hurt rural America.
Too forward thinking?
As long as my corn flakes as a reasonable price.....
Mixed in with corporate interests @ play that enable/disable the culture. I include myself as well (not immune to it).