Why ethanol?

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Rachel Russell 4B
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Why ethanol?

Postby Rachel Russell 4B » Sun Feb 07, 2016 10:54 pm

The book says that the new fuels scientists are developing are mostly organic compounds like ethanol. Why are we researching fuels like these if they still contribute to global warming and require significant amounts of energy and water to produce? Why aren't we pursuing clean energies like solar and wind more?

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Re: Why ethanol?

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Re: Why ethanol?

Postby Emily Burghart 1k » Tue Feb 18, 2020 9:38 pm

Ethanol is a byproduct of the fermentation of plants, which makes it readily available. We will always have a fuel source if we are producing plants. Although they still contribute to global warming, our society cannot immediately switch to fuel sources powered by solar, nuclear or wind/water because they are not always efficient and take massive amounts of energy. Not to mention, ALL forms of energy currently contribute to global warming to some degree because of their mechanic production and upkeep of infrastructure. We are better off having a segway into better forms of fuel, which I believe is why scientists are leaning towards ethanol fuel.

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Re: Why ethanol?

Postby Ruth Glauber 1C » Wed Feb 19, 2020 11:14 am

It's far more readily available!

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Re: Why ethanol?

Postby Jasleen Kahlon » Sun Feb 23, 2020 10:53 pm

It is said to be somewhat of a stepping stone, because it is less harmful than petroleum, coal, or natural gas in many ways, but still worse than solar or wind or other renewables. However, I do strongly feel that there is a lot more that the world can do in terms of investing straight into other renewables, even though ethanol is a readily available form. The reason why it's so difficult is also due to the oil & gas industry, and how they actively want to prevent renewable markets like solar and wind from being competitive with their market, so they gain more profits and don't have competition. There is so much corruption within the industry itself that what should be done is rarely what is actually being done. In the US, there are federal regulations for ethanol to be mixed with gasoline until 2022 due to certain mandates, so the oil & gas industries still profit from it. I personally think that there is much more that can be done in terms of energy use, unfortunately corruption and the nature of the industry makes it extremely difficult.

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