(05-11-2011, 02:06 PM)JayRodney Wrote: In an era where we are warned about potential food shortages, leading to as some sources claim; food riots, martial law & FEMA camp it would seem logical to allow corn to be produced for food.
Hemp has a lot going for it as a fuel.
Rudolf Diesel, the inventor of the diesel engine, designed it to run on vegetable and seed oils like hemp; he actually ran the thing on peanut oil for the 1900 World's Fair. Henry Ford used hemp to not only construct cars but also fuel them.
As an alternative to methanol, hemp has at least one glowing report: the plant produces up to four times more cellulose per acre than trees. And a hemp crop grows a little quicker than a forest.
As for an alternative to petroleum,
â€¢ Hemp grows like mad from border to border in America; so shortages are unlikely. And, unlike petrol, unless we run out of soil, hemp is renewable.
â€¢ Growing and harvesting the stuff has much less environmental impact than procuring oil.
â€¢ Hemp fuel is biodegradable; so oil spills become fertilizer not eco-catastrophes.
â€¢ Hemp fuel does not contribute to sulfur dioxide air poisoning.
â€¢ Other noxious emissions like carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons are radically slashed by using â€œbiodiesel.â€
â€¢ Hemp fuel is nontoxic and only a mild skin irritant; anybody whoâ€™s ever cleaned out an old carburetor with gasoline can confirm the same is not true for petrol.
â€¢ Growing hemp for fuel would be a tremendous boon for American farmers and the agricultural industry, as opposed to people like, say, the Bush family.
What is the efficiency of hemp? btu's? Lets face it JR, people want cheap and the hydrocarbon is the cheapest and most efficient for vehicle fuel we have at this time. I have always said that fuel diversification is the way out of this mess. It's going to take time. Hell 1-man in England ran his ICE powered vehicle on chicken shit as he was a chicken farmer. Just makes methane with a nasty aroma. Smelled like chicken crap
Was good for him as he already had to clean out the chicken coops and handled it 1-time. But for the average businessman he would be hard pressed to get up in the morning, put on his coat and tie, have a cup of coffee then out the door to shovel a load of chickenshit in his car.
A close friend of mine is a Geophysicist for Conoco Phillips. They have/or had a contract with Tyson Farms collecting all their chicken fat refining that into biodiesel. When I see him I'd ask how the chicken fat business was doing. At 1st he was aggravated with me but later took it well and laughed about it himself.
What I am trying to say about fuel diversification is not every fuel source fits each type of driving need. I'm not redneck but I do like driving my V-8 powered pickup. Mashing the gas and having the ability to accelerate at a decent rate. I rented a Toyota Prius 1-time. Took a couple people out to lunch, Toyota should have called it a Pray-Us as I prayed evry time I pulled out on the road that thing would get enough speed built up so I did not get run over by a big SUV...