Corn is not the solution for ethanol

According to a report in the New Scientist magazine, corn is not the best solution for biofuels and may be damaging the environment in the US and ethanol has been dangerously oversold.

It’s worth checking out the Rush to Ethanol report from Food & Water Watch and Network for New Energy Choices.

Nice to know that have not been barking up the wrong tree about water depletion as the World Resources Insititute says in a report

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3 Responses to Corn is not the solution for ethanol

  1. Keith R 20 July, 2007 at 5:28 pm #

    corn-based ethanol has been dangerously oversold, yes. But if you read all these reports coming out warning of negative impacts or un-sustainability of ethanol, 9 out of 10 times the details of those reports reveal that they are speaking of corn-based ethanol, and usually the heavily-subsidized version in the US — NOT sugarcane-based ethanol from places like Brazil. It’s getting a bit old (and more than a bit misleading) to see all the analyses that do not differentiate at all between the two…

  2. Biofuelsimon 23 July, 2007 at 2:15 pm #

    Give a dog a bad name and hang him. I’m not one for conspiricy theories (people just don’t have the time) but it is possible that one of the effects of the negative publicity around ethanol is that it will get a bad name… So you’re right it is important to differentiate between expensive , subsidised corn based ethanol from the US and other types. I’ll try to be more careful in future.

  3. Mark C R UK 26 July, 2007 at 10:49 am #

    I wonder if we should start refering to:

    Corn Ethanol as Ethanol-1

    Sugar Ethanol as Ethanol-2

    Cellulosic Ethanol (and those derived from marginal land or fast growing plants such as switch grass etc) as Ethanol-3

    Each number going with the generation of the technology also….

    I mean people know and use the term E85 (Ethanol 85% blend fuel) or B20 (biodiesel 20% blend fuel) reguarly now… like the old “Four star” leaded petrol here in the UK…. people use shortened language as it’s easier….

    It might clear things up?!?

    Fancy starting a terminology/acroynm page Simon?!? :)

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