Monday, April 23, 2007

The Inconvenient Truth About Ethanol

Environmentalism is all the rage these days. Or is it energy independence? New research is going to force America to think about this distinction, particularly when it comes to promoting ethanol over gasoline.

According to a Stanford report, ethanol doesn't burn as clean as gasoline,
reports the BBC. Pollution from vehicles burning ethanol could cause an extra 200 deaths per year in the US. That's on top of the 10,000 "premature" deaths gasoline burning engines cause.

As it would happen, ethanol combustion cranks out more ozone than the gasoline variety. This is not good for human respiratory systems, but I wonder if it helps the hole in the ozone layer? Or is there even a hole up there anymore?

Back to this ethanol thing. What's the solution? How about electric cars? Sure, we depend on electricity, which comes (mostly) from coal,
but coal doesn't have to be so dirty. Does it? (That's a legit question, I'm really asking.) Besides, coal comes from the US (energy independence, people) and it should only be viewed as a temporary solution until renewable techs like wind, solar, tide and geothermal become more economically viable.

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