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However, my in-laws in the Midwest are doing really well w/ the corn and cattle prices the last three years.  It seems to me that this is a direct result of the latest ethanol hallelujah, they are slightly bitter because they had an opportunity to invest in these things a couple of years ago and didn’t.  They don’t seem to mind the new corn prices though!  Contrary to popular belief, farmers are quite smart you know.


And I got a free coffee mug out of the deal!!!!!  My brother in law works for Cargill and the made this really nice coffee mug and lid COMPLETELY out of corn, how cool is that?  Its only warped slightly from the dishwasher but has held up real well otherwise.




From: Bill Polhemus [mailto:bill(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Thursday, November 01, 2007 10:33 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Re: Bill Polhemus, that was a cheap shot


Scott Maxwell wrote:

Um, I guess I am missing something.  Since most commonly believe that fossil fuels are created from fossilized remains of dead plants and animanls being exposed to heat and pressure in the Earth's crust over extremely long periods of time (i.e. biogenic theory), would not most of the fuels that we currently use have pontentially been food at one time?  Are we not just looking at using such biological material a little quicker than having to wait potentially millions, if not hundreds of millions, of years?

Simply put, millions of years of the sun's energy has gone into "fossil fuels," whereas biofuels take a year of that energy, to which is added a lot of OTHER energy (mostly coming from "fossil fuels") and tries to do some sort of abracadabra job on the public making us think we're "making" our own fuel (and yes, that last is a non-biogenic process).

Actually, the only thing that's actually being made is more methane gas from politicians pandering to farm-state voters. If this could be somehow harnessed, that would be great, but no one has yet managed to get a government subsidy for that research so the technology has languished.

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