Monday, June 11, 2007

But at least those horrible, evil, baby-eating oil companies won't be making such gigantic profits anymore!!!

So. About that ethanol stuff saving the planet. Yeah. It looks like another case of spinning the wheels in traction. Why? Well, apparently, the amount of fertilizer that's needed to grow the corn to make the ethanol, is completely and totally horking up the rivers, lakes, and streams that are in the farmland runoff area.

But, at least with ethanol, those evil, horrible, foul-smelling, baby-eating oil companies won't be raking in the profits like they have been. And that's what's important. Right?

Oh yeah, almost forgot. There's another side-effect to the ethanol push. Dare I say, Chocolate-Flavored-Ham? Mmmmm...chocolate ham...

1 comment:

Cousin Pat from Georgia said...

Well, first of all, switching to using ethanol instead of the oil-only economy we have now will have a global socio-political imact that is far more favorable to the United States. My Southern liberal complaint against the horrible, evil, baby-eating oil companies aren't their gigantic profits as much as their continued buying of commodities from powers and principalities that are our cultural and political rivals.

The Midwest is far more stable, politically speaking, than the Middle East. Even if our pollution levels remain the same at a national-macro level, our foreign policy and realpolitik position in the world will have increased exponentially by giving us a far better negotiating position when purchasing energy commodities.

That alone makes ethanol worth the investment, to me. Secondary benefits would be lower oil prices as oil producers begin to compete against ethanol prices.

Second of all, it remains to be seen if the national-macro level of pollution will remain the same if ethanol powered energy releases less harmful emissions than oil powered energy. Right here, I'm specifically thinking smog and other airborne pollutants.

Third, is the increase of fertilizer used to increase corn production a significant increase of fertilizer used pre-ethanol? We've always had problems with nitrates and phospates running off from agriculture into surface and ground water - this is nothing new. Something tells me the overall increase isn't going to be much more pollution than we are already producing.

Four, if it does turn out to be a much higher level of water pollution than agriculture already produces, we can put some scientists on that and get it fixed. There are many alternatives to chemically enhanced fertilizers that can be made financially viable now that there is ample reason to invest in them.

If the University of Georgia has engineered a plant that can suck mercury out of water and then biodegrade it, I'm sure nitrates and phosphates - which aren't metals - can be handled with a little focused activity.