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The Petroleum-Based Energy Crunch: E85 and Hybrid Electric Cars

By applying the talent and technology of America, this country can dramatically improve our environment, move beyond a petroleum-based economy, and make our dependence on Middle Eastern oil a thing of the past.
      - President George W. Bush, State of the Union Address, 31 Jan 2006
      From "Energy Security for the 21st Century: Reliable, Affordable, Environmentally-Sound Energy"

But Bush, you know the other day when he had the speech about us being addicted to oil, he says those things as though, you know, he just thought of it and we're disagreeing with him, like everybody's been saying that. Jimmy Carter said it I think in 1978.
    And he comes out, "What people don't realize is we're addicted to foreign oil" and he's saying it like you're going "Get out of here." "We're addicted. You don't get it, people." You know, he was the guy on the stump a few years ago making fun of hybrid cars because it wasn't manly.

      - Comedy Central's Daily Show host Jon Stewart
      Interview on Larry King Live, 27 Feb 2006

A few quick questions for you all:

  • What do you think of E85 (85% corn-based ethanol, 15% gasoline) fuel, especially its present deployment in Brazil and potential deployment in North America?
    Edit, 19:50 CST Sun 19 Mar 2006 - Does it, as GM's VP of New Product Development just said in a CNN Presents piece, "make more sense than all the hybrid electrics in the world"?

  • Do you agree with British Petroleum (BP) CEO Lord John Browne that BP's $15B investment in new oil refinery technology vs. its $8B investment in alternative energy sources (via its subsidiary BP Alternative Energy) is an appropriate balance because, as he asserts, "there is no present energy crisis and no imminent doom... petroleum refinement is already in place"?

  • Why can't we have hybrid electric cars that also burn E85?

  • What is your outlook on solar versus biofuel (ethanol) versus hydrogen fuel cells? Which of these are really "energy-negative"? Would it be feasible to make them energy positive? Are you aware of any public misconceptions about the above?

  • What is more efficient in terms of energy producable per unit land area - wind or solar energy? Which of wind farms and desert solar paneling has greater environmental impact? Which one is more cost effective (as opposed to efficient)?

  • What is a long-term sustainable energy solution (say, for the next 1000-2000 years) given our exponentially increasing energy consumption? Short of building a Dyson sphere or harvesting interstellar gases, is there a viable biofuel or solar energy solution? What about fusion?

Tags: biofuels, economics, energy, ethanol, nonrenewable resources, petroleum, politics, production, renewable resources, solar energy, wind energy

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