Biodiesel America: How to Achieve Energy Security, Free America from Middle-east Oil Dependence, and Make Money Growing Fuel

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Biodiesel America, 2006 - Business & Economics - 340 pages
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Sir, Your effort is monumental in both intent and scope. I agree with your goals, and most of the suggestions you proffer to those of us who must implement them are we to enjoy a measure of the recovery of success you envision. However, I must point out a flaw in your analyses which lept at me from chapter one: the biochemical engineer who gave NASA the famous "Space Food Sticks" from his family's peanut farm decades ago is now fermenting, via assorted lignins and synthesized anaerobic bacteria, several of the most in-demand fuels and chemicals we use today. It requires a tank ful of H20 & organic materials, a slight positive pressure from an inert or organic gas to maintain the anaerobic state for the 30 days to pass, by which time the tank (regardless of size/volume!) will become all but filled with gasoline, diesel, methane, butane, isobutane, et al., with a small residue of "top-soil" as its only by-product.(The product, 1 @ a time, is entirely independant of the lignin source, but is fixed by the bacteria emploed!) What this project proves(already many times over) is that, as you mention, lignins are abundant, and have been abundantly available to be broken down into the oil pools we still find, and are still being produced ! Obviously, unless we do as you suggest and diversify in every way possible, even this remarkeable innovation cannot extricate us from the treasonous influences our enemies and our foolish politicians continue to attempt to deceive us about
!! I thought you would find of interest this "wrinkle", which to no large degree invalidates the values and virtues of your ideas...merely alters one of the tangential aspects thereof. Blessing upon you efforts...and may I suggest a longer title, for those who won't read past a disturbing headline?
 

Contents

Americas Crude History
15
The End of Cheap Oil
37
Diesel The Man and His Vision
57
Alternative Fuels 101
83
Farming Fuel
117
Got Biodiesel?
155
Biodiesel Goes to Washington
183
Biodiesels Speedy Growth
203
Turning Biodiesel Into Bucks
221
The Road Ahead
241
What You Can Do Now
259
Bibliography
265
Glossary
283
Endnotes
299
Index
327
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Page 314 - Life -cycle Inventory of Biodiesel and Petroleum Diesel for Use in an Urban Bus", US Department of Agriculture and US Department of Energy.
Page 7 - ... years, as a mighty nation we will continue to pursue peace. But to be strong abroad we must be strong at home. And in order to be strong, we must continue to face up to the difficult issues that confront us as a nation today. The crises in Iran and Afghanistan have dramatized a very important lesson: Our excessive dependence on foreign oil is a clear and present danger to our Nation's security. The need has never been more urgent. At long last, we must have a clear, comprehensive energy policy...

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