Ethanol Has Its Own Commodity Status!
Ethanol deserves its own commodity rating without being attached to corn, grain or sugar commodity prices. This is how it is done. Cellulosic Ethanol is just another term for wood alcohol, or methanol. I do not know how they get away with calling it ethanol. Methanol is also a major chemical used in the creation of Meth which is a huge drug problem throughout the US .
Technical Support Document: Toxicology Volume 1, Number 10 Clandestine Drug Labs/ Meth: Methanol Cal/EPA, Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment Revised 09/24/03 www.OEHHA.Ca.Gov Page 2 of 11 I. Chemical Name A. Methanol (CH3OH) B. Synonyms Wood alcohol, methyl alcohol, carbonyl, Columbian spirits, pyroligneous spirit, wood naphtha, wood spirit, HEET, colonial spirit, methyl hydrate, methyl hydroxide, monohydroxymethane, pyroxylic spirit, methyl. II. Role in Clandestine Drug Synthesis: Methamphetamine Methanol is primarily used as a solvent for the extraction of ephedrine from pharmaceutical tablets. It is also used to make methamphetamine from phenyl-2-propanone and methylamine
The driving forces of creating ethanol can be obtained from starch plants such as corn, or any grain for that matter, potatoes, and beets verses sugarcane crops. Notably, produce waste such as oranges, grape skins, straw, and corn stalks can also be fermented into ethanol. Switch grass has been seen favorable amongst Biodiversity Professionals despite it also having a limited growing season; and really its total volume produced from land space is quite marginal in comparison to corn.
The US does not and can not promote large scale sugarcane production. It does not have the land space or the hot regions to grow it. Their hot regions are generally prone to drought, hurricanes or tornados, making such an effort quite unrealistic. So Congress and the Grange Managers promote corn in the Midwest belt region. They are responsible for the high cost to Ethanol. Growing annual crops for Ethanol produces a greater expense to consumers, in comparison to growing perennial crops such as sugarcane.
The annual crop of corn or any of the grains, has a much higher cost in planting each year, with expenditures in fertilizers, pesticides, labor and fuel. Now that they are using food acres for Ethanol production those cost are substantially increasing food prices, livestock grain, and the cost for building materials such as plywood, and wafer board which gets its resources from the switch grass and wood scrap resource piles; thereby affecting the new housing markets. And since they have a high expenditure it also drives up Ethanol costs which are derived from sugar crops made from sugarcane.
The starch producers and switch grass producers problem is they can only have one crop per year, notably needing to share the land space with sweet corn for human consumption, corn for sale to food manufacturers, and corn for livestock feed and other industrial applications. On top of that; they have the huge expense in converting their corn starch into sugar so it can be made into ethanol. They harm the ground water and land with fertilizers and pesticides, causing wildlife extinctions in pheasant populations while polluting the air when they burn chemical wastes at night to prevent environmental watchdogs from seeing their egregious violations.
They also then contribute to the problem of dust and top soil removal from high velocity winds that are ever so apparent in their growing regions. Sounds like a major contributor to Global Warming than a practical solution Given these facts, it is still remains a shortfall for the American economy. The US as mentioned has no large southern tier to grow sugarcane; the optimal Ethanol crop. President Bush has been supporting the reduction in oil use by promoting Ethanol Bio-Fuel Industries, and while these efforts unfold we have not solved the energy problem.
We can’t produce enough of it for the US , and the fact remains there is the rest of the world to think about in providing Ethanol for their bio-fuels needs! So the scramble goes on with how to solve the problem. Hydrogen Fuel Cells are not the answer, with their inner transient heat and cooling membrane durability unreliability’s, along with the huge cost in building a hydrogen distribution network, and getting the public to scrap their reliable autos for a car that can’t hold enough hydrogen in its tank. In all likelihood Global Warming will have finished its havoc on the world by the time hydrogen is ever considered a likely solution to the energy crunch.
This brings us back to Ethanol. Sugarcane can be planted once every 5-7 years, so the advantages are clear in concern to the liability in labor and time in planting. Sugarcane the best option is better than sugar beets, and since sugarcane likes hot humid weather, southern areas outside of the US are ideal. But where; and how do we benefit not only within US markets but the worlds global markets, when it comes to reversing Global Warming ?
There needs to be the realization that Ethanol needs it own Individual Standing as a Commodity. Simply put, when I grow corn to grow fructose sugar, it is corn prices, not sugar prices. When they grow corn for Ethanol it is corn prices, not starch prices, or its conversion to sugar. So the corn price increases the cost of food when using it for ethanol. Ethanol prices are currently established by the cost in growing their annual corn crops. The answer is clear and we should grow more sugarcane. If I had a crop that was grown not on the land but on the ocean and its purpose was only for Ethanol production, then we could be sure that food prices will not increase; because of that production technique. In fact land grown crops should only reflect food cost criteria’s.
While crops grown on the ocean reflect fuel or Ethanol’s cost criteria. This creates and gives Ethanol its own Individual Commodity Standing. It is not part of the food chain, because it is grown on the ocean, which is an entirely different process of production. Therefore it will stabilize the food costs, and stabilize the fuel costs to consumers. This idea also brings forth the future in which mankind will be honored with the distinction in building the first manmade city on the ocean. The people who live there grow sugarcane for the production of Ethanol.
Leaders throughout the world together should support this initiative so all countries will be able to benefit from its harvesting region and harvesting ability. In all likeliness two harvests can be realize in one year, because with it on the ocean and the light reflecting from the water upwards and the initial light coming downward from the sun, the dual exposure will really make it grow fast. Doing it on a large scale may take some money, but not like the money it would take building a hydrogen distribution network, and less expensive in the long term than the current land producing processes.
Out on the Ocean there is no polluting the land with chemicals, no harming wildlife, no illegal drug labs, no contributor to the higher cost of food, no loss of crops due to storms from hurricanes, tornadoes, frost, snow, floods etc. No burning of chemical wastes from fertilizer and pesticide factories, no increase to Ethanol fuel costs, no soil erosion, no increase in building materials for the housing markets. No oil tankers capsizing and spilling millions of gallons of crude oil everywhere and destroying the natural environment. And it reverses Global Warming. How can that not be a good thing?
The aquatic-rafts which float out on the Equator are connected in series like a train; are 1-2 acres in size, and grown by hydroponics nutrients. They are made from a glass-plastic wire mesh composite material. The resources are very abundant. Just ask Saudi Arabia for a tanker of sand instead of oil, to turn the sand into glass. Manufacturers can have compressed air modules built inside the material to afford its lifetime floatability.
The Ocean on the Equator is a very large area, and no hurricanes, typhoons, or cyclones materialize there. In fact it is safer living there than on the mainland in the US , or in Cuba , for that matter. Plus it goes around the entire world. That is an enormous area to grow our Worlds Liquid Energy Ethanol. We theoretically can produce enough ethanol for the entire world, out there, and yet we have been doing nothing. I don’t need to remind you of our present condition in the world. It is hoped oil rich countries will hold on to their oil supplies as an endangered resource supply, and use oil for other positive manufacturing needs, such as space exploration, instead of fuel for the automotive internal combustion engine.