quote: we're never going to "solve the energy problem" with waste biomass. It can certainly help reduce the growth in demand somewhat for petroleum, but it's not going to do more than that.
quote: Compared to the amount of energy the average person consumes in fuel, the amount to be gained from human waste is trivial. The human body is fairly efficient at extracting energy from biomass...and we stuff far more energy in our cars than our mouths in any case.
quote: plus the cost of subsidies
quote: Since there are >2.6 gal of ethanol produced per bu of corn I wouldn't mind splitting up the extra "$2.21/gal," over $6 a bu. you seem to be suggesting ethanol production adds to the value of a bushel (56#'s) of corn. Oh wait, even with corn prices at all time highs it's not worth much more that $4/bu at the farm gate, and 100% Ethanol is worth less than $2.21 a gal on the open market.