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To: Brilliant

Well, I don't know how much Engineering YOU have, but I'm a Mechanical Engineer, and I just happen to know a little bit about engines. There are many on the horizon that could be pretty happy running on soybeans. All we have to have is a reason to develop them, which, like I said, we don't have right now.

Retrofit my Monte Carlo SS with one of those, and I'm good to go.


35 posted on 11/15/2005 7:56:03 AM PST by HeadOn (Don't talk to me about global warming unless you don't own a car.)
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To: HeadOn

Sure, soybeans can produce a fuel. But it would be a whole lot more expensive than gasoline, even at current prices.


40 posted on 11/15/2005 8:09:15 AM PST by Brilliant
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To: HeadOn
Well, I don't know how much Engineering YOU have, but I'm a Mechanical Engineer, and I just happen to know a little bit about engines. There are many on the horizon that could be pretty happy running on soybeans.

As a mechanical engineer, you should have a decent understanding of math.

average oil production per acre is about 49 gallons
Biodiesel Fuel

The US uses about 373 million gallons of gasoline per day
This Week In Petroleum, Gasoline

The US uses about 169 million gallons of distillate (diesel and fuel oil) per day
This Week In Petroleum, Distillate

Looking at only the distillate, and only trying to produce 25% of the current need is 15.5 billion gallons per year. Or in soybeans production 316 million acres

Where is that going to come from?

79 posted on 11/15/2005 10:50:49 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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