Archive for the Non-Food Biofuels Category

Gas Is Everywhere

Posted in Non-Food Biofuels, Sustainable Energy on January 7, 2009 by Mark P. Line

Gas Disruption

  • Okay, this is what we’ve been waiting for.
  • Now watch how fast a vast European network of distributed biogas plants can emerge.
  • (Hint: A lot faster than they can switch electricity production over to nuclear, even if they wanted to.)

San Antonio is going green with sewage

Posted in Non-Food Biofuels, Transparent Government with tags , , on September 15, 2008 by Mark P. Line

San Antonio is going green with sewage

  • What a concept. We’ve had the wherewithal for this since the early 1970’s or so. But it wasn’t “feasible” even during the original OPEC crunch back then.
  • So what makes it feasible now? Public opinion.
  • You’re no longer considered a pinko commie anti-American bastard if you vote for city officials who are willing to look at sustainability issues.
  • The meme mill grinds slowly in this land.

Turning Waste Material into Ethanol

Posted in Adhocracy, Non-Food Biofuels on August 13, 2008 by Mark P. Line

Turning Waste Material into Ethanol

  • One more example of how the only real innovations left to be made in the greening of our energy economy is in material science.

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Wonder grass may solve biofuel woes

Posted in Non-Food Biofuels on August 12, 2008 by Mark P. Line

Wonder grass may solve biofuel woes

  • Fine, go for it.
  • Am I the only one who thinks it’s OKAY to start planting, harvesting and processing a number of these non-food crops (wondrous or otherwise) on a large scale even BEFORE the economy has locked itself into a single energy crop that can be the subject of a commodity futures market?
  • Am I the only one who thinks that commodity futures have NEVER been the only, or even the best, way to hedge against risk?
  • Can you say DIVERSITY?
  • PLANT THEM! PLANT THEM ALL!

Jatropha biofuel offers hope to local economies

Posted in Global Warming, Non-Food Biofuels, Sustainable Energy with tags , on August 7, 2008 by Mark P. Line

Jatropha biofuel offers hope to local economies

  • Marginal land in an area of lower labor costs. Now, where in the world would we find any of that.

Farm waste biofuel ‘can beat oil crisis’

Posted in Non-Food Biofuels, Sustainable Energy with tags , , , on August 7, 2008 by Mark P. Line

Farm waste biofuel ‘can beat oil crisis’

  • I wouldn’t be so self-deprecating. The Australians are not at all behind the curve when it comes to “these technologies”, as evidenced by the mere fact that they actually know the difference between second-generation (non-food) biofuels and first-generation biofuels that compete with food uses of the same crop.

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