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By Robert Rapier on Jun 6, 2011 with 42 responses

Taking Care of the Topsoil

Following my inclusion in the Top 10 list of ethanol enemies, I sought to Set the Ethanol Record Straight on my actual views on ethanol. I set out three broad tenets that shape my views. They are: Tenet One: We must transition from fossil fuels with a sense of urgency. Tenet Two: We need to develop systems and services with a much lower fossil fuel dependency. Tenet Three: We must take care of our topsoil. The second and third tenets are where I usually run afoul of ethanol supporters, because I feel many of our ethanol policies simply maintain a high level of fossil fuel dependency. Further, the rush to turn corn into gold has led to practices that have… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Jan 17, 2008 with no responses

Fertilizer Shortages in the UK

I was pointed to an interesting discussion today about the possible impact the biofuels mandates are having in the UK: Already paying the hidden cost of biofuels? The complaint, originating in Wales, reads: I know we are. This weekend I made inquires about ordering this year’s fertiliser for our holding. The answer was, quite frankly, shocking. Our local supplier usually has a stock of 4,000 tonnes for local growers (we just want one tonne of that…). This year, howewver, their total allocation is being pegged at 640 tonnes. The rest, it seems, has been shipped to the USA for the biofuel industry. The silos and bunkers are empty. And, to add insult to injury, the meagre amount that the supplier… Continue»