Researchers (including neither of the usual suspects, Pimentel and Patzek) have concluded that fuel ethanol is not worth the impacts of producing more of it, in either the United States or Brazil (!). Article: Physorg
They produce an estimate of the energy payback from ethanol in the USA in the expected range: about a 10% gain over the inputs. This isn't anything like the return required to be worthwhile.
If we are really, really
lucky, sanity just might prevail in the House-Senate conference committee handling the energy bill, and they'll get rid of all the ethanol subsidies and mandates. And maybe monkeys will fly out of my butt.
Labels: ethanol, ethanol mirage