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  • Cost of Gasoline vs. Natural Gas [View instapost]
    Then why does burning alcohol produce less pollution than burning gasoline? Also, increasing the temperature of the engine would help burn a higher percentage of the fuel, but good luck with that. Engineers have been accomplish that for a long time.
    May 30 01:23 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Cost of Gasoline vs. Natural Gas [View instapost]
    Gasoline (petrol) EnginesModern gasoline engines have a maximum thermal efficiency of about 25% to 30% when used to power a car. In other words, even when the engine is operating at its point of maximum thermal efficiency, of the total heat energy released by the gasoline consumed, about 70-75% is rejected as heat without being turned into useful work, i.e. turning the crankshaft. Approximately half of this rejected heat is carried away by the exhaust gases, and half passes through the cylinder walls or cylinder head into the engine cooling system, and is passed to the atmosphere via the cooling system radiator.[1] Some of the work generated is also lost as friction, noise, air turbulence, and work used to turn engine equipment and appliances such as water and oil pumps and the electrical generator, and only about 25-30% of the energy released by the fuel consumed is available to move the vehicle.
    This came from "^ a b c d Hunter, Louis C. (1985). A History of Industrial Power in the United States, 1730-1930, Vol. 2: Steam Power. Charolttesville: University Press of Virginia.

    Alcohol burns at a lower temperature than does gasoline.
    Dec 13 04:57 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Pacific Ethanol Management Discusses Q2 2012 Results - Earnings Call Transcript [View article]
    Wow Charlie, please find someone to proof read your work before you submit it to us next time. Most of that made no sense what so ever, and the rest of it was uninformed.
    Aug 15 10:45 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Cost of Gasoline vs. Natural Gas [View instapost]
    Then how would we pay for road construction and repair?
    Jun 13 12:10 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 5 Breakout Stocks That Could Keep Climbing Higher [View article]
    I will be interested in this months change in short interest in LVLT.
    Feb 24 11:38 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Cost of Gasoline vs. Natural Gas [View instapost]
    This completely ignores the efficiency of the fuel. Combustion engines utilize less than 33% of the potential energy in gasoline. They use over 90% of the potential energy in alcohol. That is why gasoline mixed with alcohol burns cleaner.
    Oct 19 01:09 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Big Ethanol Refiners Will Weather The Storm Of Congress's Eventual Subsidy Cuts [View article]
    George, Why can't Celanese compete in the current environment if their product is so good? If the subsidy paid to the oil blenders and refiners is eliminated and ethyl acohol prices are still cheaper than gasoline, the blenders will still mix it with gasoline. Are you saying Celanese's ethanol product is not price competative with corn ethanol?

    I own shares of Celanes and several ethanol companies.
    Oct 14 02:32 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Big Move (Part 1): The Corn Correction Of 2011 [View article]
    Moon is also forgetting that the US has a mandate in place for the use of ethanol. therefore, the demand will not drop. At the wholesale level Ethanol is cheaper than gasoline. That is before the subsidy.
    Oct 12 01:43 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Play the Ethanol Potential Through Chemicals [View article]
    That is like being against guns but profiting on bullet sales.
    Oct 11 04:19 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Big Move (Part 1): The Corn Correction Of 2011 [View article]
    We tried Methanol, MTBE, it poisons the groundwater.

    My car gets better gas mileage when I buy gas with 10% ethanol.

    Oil companies receive more subsidies than ethanol. Even the ethanol subsidy is paid to the oil companies!
    Oct 3 03:12 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 2 Great Plays In Sugarcane Ethanol [View article]
    Can I be the second to call "Bull****" on mad hedge fund Trader?
    1. "Ethanol is the sole reason Corn is trading at $6 instead of $3." That is wrong. US exports of Corn were higher than ever because China came in last year and bought huge amounts of corn because of drought in Russia and flooding in Australia.

    2. "The irony is that if you include all the upstream and downstream inputs, the process consumes far more energy than it produces. It also demands massive quantities of fresh water, which someday will become more valuable than the oil the ethanol is supposed to replace, turning it into toxic waste.
    Wrong! you must be including the amount of free sunshine the corn uses. Studies conclude that ethanol is a net gain of energy.

    3. Your contention that corn ethanol will never work because Brazil can make ethanol from sugar is like saying, "all oil drilling in America does not work because the middle east can pump oil out of the ground at 15% of the cost.
    4.. It also commands massive amounts of fresh water.
    As per page 62 of the ExxonMobile Annual Meeting Proxy statement; "The EPA reports that US oil refineries use 1 to 2 billion gallons of water daily (up to 730 Billion gallons annually) to produce fuel."

    5. If we used 100% of our corn crop for ethanol we would only take 40% of our corn out of the food chain. The healthy parts of the corn are returned to the food chain as Wet Distillers grain.

    Shorting grain does not give you the right to unsubstantiated claims on anonymous web sites.
    Sep 30 04:13 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Play the Ethanol Potential Through Chemicals [View article]
    What "new" tech are you supporting? Your article is about break through in Cellulose bio tech , yet you are against the some of the products those new techs produce? Who are you to say which products are bad and which ones are good? Without the Ethanol market these breakthroughs would not happen. How can you compare development of enzymes that break down plant matter into fuel to a canal? Are you suggesting we tell farmers who they can and can't sell their grain to? What other industries do you want to rule?
    Sep 13 12:14 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 2 Great Plays In Sugarcane Ethanol [View article]
    Do not put all the blame on big oil. Food companies that buy corn are also against it. Coke and Pepsi do not want the farmers to have another bidder.
    Sep 13 11:59 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 2 Great Plays In Sugarcane Ethanol [View article]
    My "Source" tells me that if China had not come into our markets for the first time in years, and not only bought, but bought huge, the price of corn would be $4.25/bushel.

    Also, the 78,000 btus includes the amount of sunlight shinning on the corn stalk. That part is free.
    Sep 8 12:41 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 2 Great Plays In Sugarcane Ethanol [View article]
    What is your source?
    Sep 7 03:11 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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