Originally Posted by richardnorton
Now using veggie oils mixed with diesel is a GREAT idea, but something has to be found that isn't food and grows wild. I wish the idea of alge would catch on and was cheap to grow, I mean it does grow wild.
That's entirely the wrong thing to want. All it does is create yet ANOTHER "crop" that competes against food, driving up food prices. What you want is for "useless" parts of currently-grown crops to be used for producing fuel. For example, cornstalks. They're too tough to even use in animal feed, too tough for use in making mulches and composts, pretty much too tough for nearly anything, but not tough enough to use as building material (not as tough as bamboo, for example). So, what's done with them? They're wasted. Tons of them every year get burned or otherwise just handled as waste. Instead of that, they could be fermented and used as the basis of fuel.
Why is this not done? Ask the grain company lobbyists who are behind the "ethanol is the fuel of the future" stupidity--that's right, it's NOT "hippies" or "ecofreaks" behind the ethanol scam, it's Arthur-Daniel-Midlands, Monsanto, and that group. THEY are the ones with the money to lobby Congress, not the hippies.