May 24, 2007

I’ve Never Really Given Much Thought…

…to ethanol, preferring to wait and see how well the fuel substitute does for itself on a commercial basis and, not being a scientist by any means, have thought that with all the great reviews it gets from what some call those in the know or perhaps the smart money, it might put a damper on both the consumption of Islamic fossil fuels and the doomsday uproar coming from the Man-Made Climate Change hucksters on the left.

Luckily, columnist John Stossel has come along with an article that casts formidable doubts regarding all this ethanol business.

No doubt about it, if there were a Miss Energy Pageant, Miss Ethanol would win hands down. Everyone loves ethanol.

“Ramp up the availability of ethanol,” says Hillary Clinton.

“Ethanol makes a lot of sense,” says John McCain.

“The economics of ethanol make more and more sense,” says Mitt Romney.

“We’ve got to get serious about ethanol,” says Rudolph Giuliani.

And the media love ethanol. “60 Minutes” called it “the solution.”

Clinton, Romney, Barack Obama and John Edwards not only believe ethanol is the elixir that will give us cheap energy, end our dependence on Middle East oil sheiks, and reverse global warming, they also want you and me — as taxpayers — to subsidize it.

Hmmmmm, wait a minute…

Better read the entire column.


Like Professor Clyde Crashcup used to say to his assistant, Leonardo, “Back to the drawing board”.

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6 Responses to “I’ve Never Really Given Much Thought…”

  1. Angel Says:

    hiya my friend..always fascinating to hear an
    alternate view…thanks!

  2. Seth Says:

    Angel –

    John Stossel has a way, as the result of good research and a critical eye, of punching directly through to the bottom line.

    I’m glad you appreciated the post. :-)

  3. Always On Watch Says:

    Slightly off topic….

    American liberals are quite sure, and with good reason, that their efforts to trump our present form of government with socialism are succeeding.

    Do you have a handle on the various graduation speakers this spring? Many of them are spouting outright socialism at the ceremonies, and the idiots in the audience are nodding in agreement.

  4. Seth Says:

    AOW –

    The indoctrination centers liberal-run academia has become are apparently beginning to pay off. Between a media that has become a leftist propaganda machine, a Democratic Party that has been bought and paid for by the far left and socialist teachers hammering home their agendas to captive classroom audiences, it’s difficult to see anything but a socialist majority taking over the polls in the next generation or two. :-(

  5. BB-Idaho Says:

    I agree ethanol has a lot of disadvantages as a combustion fuel. Perhaps the worst is that it takes fossil fuel to produce (at least while the John Deere’s use diesel). I hope you agree that it’s attraction is that it is a renewable energy source, sort of like potatoes and lumber, whereas petroleum hydrocarbons are finite. The oxymoronic evangelical liberal at ‘A Payne Hollow Visit’, regarding our progeny sums it “Or will they be cursing us for using up the available fossil fuel resources in one brilliant 100 year burst of consumption?”
    from a romantic/pragmatic standpont. Now, Seth, you are innocent in this matter, using as you do the bare minimum of fossil energy for your meat preparation. You should be held as an example, a hero worthy of emulation, an icon for the left. :)

  6. Seth Says:

    BB –

    Ethanol proponents of the portside persuation should be aware of corroborative input from UC Berkeley, as far left an academic source as can be found in the United States.

    You’ll note that in the last paragraph, the liberal professor recommends nuclear power as an energy source until other viable fuel substitutes have been found.

    I’ll go so far as to agree that many look to ethanol, though apparently mistakenly, as the alternative energy source. For me, anything that reduces our dependence on Moozlim petroleum is worth looking into, including recovering oil that lies within our own borders and territorial waters. The sum total of ethanol’s pros and cons, from the viewpoint of this non-scientific layman, show that pursuing it as form of alternative energy on any large scale would be a beeg meestake.

    The very concept of my becoming an “icon for the left” is enough to produce nightmares for decades to come. ;-)