Aren’t we glad we are early adapting to EV-BEV technology- sooner than later?
You won’t believe this. I read “Keep Your Corn,” in Forbes April 23,2012 issue (page 36). Unbelievable. In 2005 our government decided, a quick and easy way to decrease our foreign oil dependency was to mix gasoline with ethanol. The 2007 Renewable Fuel Standard Law requires gasoline refiners to blend a mandated amount of plant based or renewable ethanol into the gas supply
Despite $1.5 Billion in Federal grants and loans to new cellulosic producers, most have gone bankrupt. The ethanol producers will consume a third of the U.S. corn crop and the price of corn has tripled. Gasoline refiners are fined by the government for failing to blend into their mix the mandated quantities of fuel - that does not exist. It is debatable if growing, tending, harvesting, and processing corn into ethanol emits less carbon dioxide than gasoline.
The Catch 22? Using coal and natural gas may be cheaper than using corn, wood chips, stalks, and swithgrass. But then again, that would be illegal. Go figure. Also, I have always been of the opinion using a food crop for energy production is a recipe for disaster.