"I am persuaded that a new market for natural gas based high-ethanol blend
fuels would have an incredible positive impact on our economy."I
hope you're right Dan.If you are right, then this a real
positive good that perhaps even Republicans could rally around? . . . And just
MAKE IT HAPPEN.Wouldn't it be nice if Republicans could
finally get behind something that would do some real good for this nation and
the world?. . . Like back in the day . . . When Republican leaders
were actual Public Servants.
Re: ". . . a real positive good that perhaps even Republicans could rally
around? . . . And just MAKE IT HAPPEN."That can't honestly
be a suggestion by a liberal that Republicans are somehow to blame for the
federal government's chokehold on the energy economy? That would just be
too laughably ironic.
Republicans are incompetent and Liberals fly which ever way the wind is blowing.
They both are terrible for the economy. Anywise CNG vehicles could be a great
impact on the economy especially if we can convert vehicles at a low cost.
Forty years ago I watched oil well natural gas flare offs in north eastern Utah
and thought what a horrible waste. It ought to be against the law to waste this
wonderful source of energy. I suggest that flare offs be outlawed or taxed
heavily and we'd see the technological changes to use natural gas in our
vehicles very quickly. Maybe this is something both parties could get behind.
Hey Procuradorfiscal -"That can't honestly be a suggestion
by a liberal that Republicans are somehow to blame for the federal
government's chokehold on the energy economy?"You may speak
for a "Conservatives, but as a Moderate, I can't speak for Liberals.
How is that you believe that the federal government has a
"chokehold on the energy economy?" The Federal Government has fostered
the development of energy sources and extraction methods.Oil and gas
drilling and production has steadily increased since Obama took office.And it was the federal government working together with the private sector
that completed research into using a horizontal drilling together with fracking
that resulted in a process that can recover much more natural gas.Wind Energy production in the US has increased 29.7% a year on average over
the last decade, due largely to government support. And . . . "The price of
wind power has dropped by 43% over the past four years, benefiting utilities and
consumers, according to the U.S. Department of Energy." The
purpose of government is to give us good governance. And that's exactly
what government does, as long as we can keep progressive, progress-centered
public servants in office.
Ethanol fuel is the same as corn liquor from a distillery. Natural gas is from
the ground. Ethanol has 5% water from the distillery plus water from
condensation from the tank in the gas station and in your gas tank. Ethanol will
separate like vinegar and oil. you have 90 day from the time it leaves the plant
to be gone out of your cat before it's separated. water stays in the bottom
of your gas tank always being added to from the condensation. Ethanol is a
solvent that melts rubber, and causes corrosion. That check engine light we all
have seen Ethanol made that happen. That what cost you engine repair.
Dan Liljenquist writes like NatGas to ethanol is here and available. Its not!
Who is he talking to? And what type of methane to ethanol technology would
produce the liquid product which he writes this entire article about? Something is missing here. Please advise your readers Dan. Thanks.
Hey george of the Jungle -Your list of things that are wrong with
ethanol don't change the fact that ethanol is ALREADY in gasoline.About 10% of what we put in our gas tanks when we fill up is ethanol.It comes from corn.But if we can get ethanol more cheaply from
natural gas, then why not do that?
This makes it sound very rosy. Is there no down side to Ethanol? Say burning
our food supply so we can drive to work?Food is plentiful today.
But will that always be the case?I wonder what will happen in a
future generation, where we are burning our food supply, while people are
DanL: Thanks for the great position statement. Like it!
Follow-up Request: CO, NOx, HC, PM emissions comparison chart for:
1. NG-Ethanol E85 2. Corn Ethanol E85 3. Sugar Cane
Ethanol E85 4. NG-Ethanol E100 (what they use in Brazil)
5. Corn Ethanol E100 (same as above) 6. Sugar Cane Ethanol (same as
above) 7. E10 Gasoline 8. E0 Gasoline (the old stuff)I've heard some corn ethanol emissions are 50% lower than gasoline
emissions. It'd be interesting to know if that's true and also how
nat gas ethanol emissions compare.A word of caution: I cannot
believe how much garbage "research" has been published about ethanol: by
a Cornell professor whose chair is paid by API, by AAA (that one really
surprised me), by Big Corn, etc. I'd start w/government studies, seems
crazy those would be considered reliable but fuel-based energy is the biggest
political football in the world.
I'm all for more ethanol in our gas, but I've got a vested interest in
it. I repair small engines for a living.