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    Ethanol Should Be Made Out Of Switchgrass

    What the US and a number of other countries are now doing is making ethanol out of corn. The problem is this is an experimental technology and it takes about a gallon of gasoline to make a gallon of ethanol. Then if you make it out of corn it's costing all the more to produce. This is driving up the cost of gasoline and creating a worldwide food shortage. And they're going whole hog in producing this with 200 factories with plans to make more and more corn based ethanol in the future helped with government subsidies. Not smart. You need to make a concerted effort to learn how to make ethanol out of a cheap product like switchgrass which could be economical.

    [B]And the technology is already here to make hybrid cars that get double mileage using hydrogen (water) along with gasoline. It would be smarter for governments to pressure the automobile manufacturers to make all new cars hybrids. You can also convert a used car into a hybrid for less than $150. Why doesn't the government encourage with tax credits, etc. all drivers to convert their vehicles into hybrids? Semi-trucks can even be converted into hybrids. This would make a lot of sense. See my website about this::mad:
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    Re: Ethanol Should Be Made Out Of Switchgrass

    Actually Brazil has proven that sugar cane is the most economical solution to ethanol with switchgrass behind it but ahead of corn.......

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    Re: Ethanol Should Be Made Out Of Switchgrass

    can we make ethanol from kudzu ?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kudzu

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    Re: Ethanol Should Be Made Out Of Switchgrass

    Quote Originally Posted by YBITravel View Post
    Actually Brazil has proven that sugar cane is the most economical solution to ethanol with switchgrass behind it but ahead of corn.......
    I have heard of that before. The only problem I can think of is that this would greatly increase the price of sugar; but sugar has fewer economic and industrial applications as corn. does switchgrass have any current economic value or major current uses?

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    Re: Ethanol Should Be Made Out Of Switchgrass

    Quote Originally Posted by Blue Crab of PAIN!!! View Post
    I have heard of that before. The only problem I can think of is that this would greatly increase the price of sugar; but sugar has fewer economic and industrial applications as corn. does switchgrass have any current economic value or major current uses?
    Actually it would provide awesome wildlife habitat and could have a minor impact on tourism as such.......

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    Re: Ethanol Should Be Made Out Of Switchgrass

    Quote Originally Posted by mumbles View Post
    can we make ethanol from kudzu ?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kudzu
    Bud Kudzu is not a native plant to the US and is very distructive to woodland habitat.....I can promise the NRA, NWTF and about every other sportsmens organization would stop that in a heart beat......

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    Re: Ethanol Should Be Made Out Of Switchgrass

    yes, kudzu is bad stuff. i was not suggesting that we plant more of it, i was suggesting that we put it to use, specially if using it means there will be less of it around.

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    Re: Ethanol Should Be Made Out Of Switchgrass

    Quote Originally Posted by mumbles View Post
    can we make ethanol from kudzu ?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kudzu

    Now thats a brilliant idea!
    Please dont lie, cheat or steal. The government doesnt
    like competition. :D


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    Re: Ethanol Should Be Made Out Of Switchgrass

    It would solve two problems at once. Wonder if we could drop
    seeds of Kudzu on the poppy fields in Afghanistan? It would
    wipe out the poppy harvests and we could buy Kudzo from them.
    Please dont lie, cheat or steal. The government doesnt
    like competition. :D


    PROMOTE SELF DEPORTATION.....ENFORCE OUR LAWS.:mad:

    What are reparations? Making me pay
    for something I had nothing to do with compensates no one
    who suffered an injustice therefore I would be penalized for
    something I didnt do and someone else would recieve a settlement
    for an injury they did not suffer.[/B]

    By D.B.

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