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To: Blueflag
They'll have a cow if trees are pointed at fuel uses.

Biomass sources for cellulosic ethanol, like switchgrass, can be grown commercially. No need to endanger trees. Agricultural production also provides a lot of biomass waste that can be used to produce cellulosic ethanol as well.

31 posted on 01/30/2006 8:04:10 AM PST by cogitator
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To: cogitator

Oh I agree.

In fact, if you wanted to get clever, use black-water sewage to grow aquatic biomas (from chlorophyta on up to water lillies) and stay even lower on the 'food chain' for a sourse of hydrocarbons.

At the same time, use waste heat from power plants to HEAT the black water fermenters to improve per-acre / per-ton yields. Yields being methane gas, methanol and ethanol -- depending on the process and stage.


41 posted on 01/30/2006 8:10:19 AM PST by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitor)
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To: cogitator
Agricultural production also provides a lot of biomass waste that can be used to produce cellulosic ethanol as well.

The farms I grew up on plowed that biomass under for composting, And with the high amount of clay in the soil there it also made sense as an additive for moisture retention and to break up the soil particles.

58 posted on 01/30/2006 8:32:59 AM PST by Pontiac (Ignorance of the law is no excuse, ignorance of your rights can be fatal.)
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