Is Ethanol a Good Idea?

by admin on September 13, 2010

Complete video at: fora.tv Economic libertarian and solar-power entrepreneur TJ Rodgers evaluates ethanol’s potential as a clean energy source. —– The Free-Market Case for Green with TJ Rodgers. A dedicated, unabashed, free market capitalist, TJ Rodgers takes a businessman’s and engineer’s view of global warming. How serious is it, and what should we make of the plans offered up by politicians such as Al Gore and Barack Obama to deal with it? If “cap and trade” or pollution taxes on CO2 are not the answer, what is? TJ Rodgers is the founder and CEO of Cypress Semiconductor Corporation and the chairman of SunPower Corporation, a manufacturer of solar power systems. He holds a doctorate in electrical engineering from Stanford University – Hoover Institution TJ Rodgers is the founder and CEO of Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE: CY) and the chairman of SunPower Corp, a manufacturer of solar-power systems. He holds a doctorate in electrical engineering from Stanford University and sits on the board of trustees of Dartmouth College.Peter M. Robinson is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, where he writes about business and politics, edits Hoover’s quarterly journal, the Hoover Digest, and hosts Hoover’s television program, Uncommon Knowledge.

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switchgrassfuel September 13, 2010 at 12:00 pm

@jomen112 Ethanol has a positive energy balance. I think it is oil company propaganda that says other wise. and you said they can’t grow energy and food at the same time. that is BS they already are. look at the (feed first) videos on You Tube. if done right ethanol can make a huge difference. with the right crop we have enough land. (Thinking outside the Barrel) another source of info on You Tube. their are many more, but those 2 are the first ones that came to mind that address your issues.

switchgrassfuel September 13, 2010 at 12:02 pm

good video, but don’t badmouth corn ethanol. we had to start some ware.

SavageJim01 September 13, 2010 at 12:35 pm

Ethanol is a bad idea, massive ethanol use for fuel will only force South America to burn and destroy tropical jungles to grow corn, a crop that no where near sequesters the same amount of carbon that jungle forests do.

HeadTater September 13, 2010 at 1:35 pm

I don’t think is is against ethanol in general. What he is against it the use of corn to make sugar ethanol. He is also against the preference ethanol has been getting from the government because it does not allow ethanol to advance on its own accord and it retards the growth of other alternatives. From what I gather, I think he is in favor of cellulose ethanol. We can use the refuse like stalks and husks to make ethanol while using the kernels for food.

jomen112 September 13, 2010 at 2:25 pm

It does not matter if the process creates “side effects”. What matter is that one need to put in more energy in the process than one gets out from it when producing alcohol.

This is not a matter of opinions, but a matter of a physical fact.

Secondly, the consequences of turning agricultural areas into energy producing areas is that there will be a huge shortage on food.

You cant grow it both – energy and food at the same time. There is simply not enough space for that.

iwantit162 September 13, 2010 at 3:04 pm

this guy is talking outta his arse it creates jobs its less expensive then petrol to the environment as more area gets used for plants it will absord the co2 gases better.the left over grains can then be pressed onsite and used as feed for cows and pigs,chickens ect onsite if animals are present.the government is just stressed because they cant fob it off with reasons to profit from fake wars and tax the hell outta it because its running low on ethanol reserves

braneden September 13, 2010 at 3:50 pm

If we wont stop POP growth it doesnt really matter and thisyou can power your cars with!!

johnnyoregon September 13, 2010 at 4:30 pm

Our food costs are going to skyrocket because of congress making us go to ethanol. Farmers will no longer grow hay or corn for forage crops or food consumption. They will grow it energy through subsidies by the US government. Goodbye big oil! Hello Big Chemical! Mansanto and Archer Daniels Midland are going to own you! Genetically modified crops are the way of the future.

johnnyoregon September 13, 2010 at 4:49 pm

Awesome. At least this guy admits that ethanol costs more than its worth right now. This why an ear of corn is $.69 when it use to be $.10 A year ago. Good job a making the poor pay more! Democrats hate the poor and working class in America and around the world.

wzxd8rm September 13, 2010 at 4:53 pm

Save the trees, crackers.

That you understand???

Chrisnoscrub047 September 13, 2010 at 5:05 pm

– I don’t see the correlation?

Chrisnoscrub047 September 13, 2010 at 5:23 pm

Huh? Who’s quote is that? Can you explain that a little more? *intersted*

wzxd8rm September 13, 2010 at 5:27 pm

“A dedicated(to his pocket),… free market capitalist, T. J. Rodgers takes a businessman’s and engineer’s view of global warming. How serious is it, and what should we make of the plans offered up by politicians(puppets and scape goats) such as Al Gore and Barack Obama to deal with it? If “cap and trade” or pollution taxes on CO2(CO2 is needed for growth of plants)
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Biodisel burns with soot, ethanol burns cleanly.

CognosSquare September 13, 2010 at 6:23 pm

Very interesting. Somehow its visible in the way he talks that he is not biased.

My bet would not be on ethanol but if we could make biomaterial like stalks and such into fuel it has its niche inevitably as we have a lot of this anyway to waste.

wzxd8rm September 13, 2010 at 6:53 pm

USA media(full of faggots) keeps talking about saving the Amazon forest, NEVER about North American forest. Building homes from wood–what century it is??? And plastics are much superior to wood in all aspects, but have you seen homes from plastics??? And probably never will because oil will eventually be burnt out. In 1900 half of world oil production was coming from Baku, now there’s almost nothing left.

wzxd8rm September 13, 2010 at 7:43 pm

It’s Oil Mafia rhetorics about subsidizing, classes(sounds like Marxist propaganda), etc…
They are subotaging the development of renewable sources of energy.
Ethanol cost effective in Brazil without subsidizing, because they don’t have oppresive oil corporations.

maurieer September 13, 2010 at 8:20 pm

The only people making money on ethanol made from food stock in the US and Canada are
the insider-shareholders of the small public traded companies manufacturing it.
The companies themselves aren`t making a dime.
It`s all stock promotion then pump and dump the stock at great profits.
On top of that both govts, are subsidizing these companies as well as the farmers.
These cost are all passed down to the one`s who can least afford it, the middle and poor class.

HarryNRubin September 13, 2010 at 8:45 pm

yay libertarian! he tells the truth too

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