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Feb 24, 2006

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David Boyd

The Middle East without oil is Indonesia - interesting enough when something crazy happens, but not really top of mind.

Story in the Wall Street Journal this week about replacing oil with alcohol and how the farm lobby is stopping this from happening by demanding we use corn. Why? Brazil uses sugar which supposedly is easier to convert to alcohol and is the equivalent of $25 a barrel oil. Why can't we just import ag products, including sugar from Brazil? Why be slaves to this lobby? Get rid of protectionism. It's the damn stupidest thing I've ever seen.

And here's the kicker, we don't even have to replace all oil. All we've got to do is be able to replace a small percentage with alcohol with the potential to replace more and the power of states sitting on oil is crippled. Saudi Arabia has got to be sweating hoping we don't come to our senses.

Bubba

I don't think alcohol is the only answer for vehicles. It needs to be supplemented by something along the lines of biodiesel.

Those who think hydrogen and electricity will replace fossil fuels are not being realistic.

Bubba

I don't think alcohol is the only answer for vehicles. It needs to be supplemented by something along the lines of biodiesel.

Those who think hydrogen and electricity will replace fossil fuels are not being realistic.

Undercover Urbanist

Those who think ANYTHING is going to replace fossil fuels is not being realistic. Ethanol takes almost as much energy to make it as the energy consumed. Oil from the ground is 400 years of buried solar energy compressed into a barrel. There's never been a fuel like it known to man, and there will not be a substitute.

We need to manage demand and become more efficient. Figuring out how to keep the cars running the way they are today no matter what is only making the inevitable adjustment likely to be more painful when it becomes economically necessary.

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