Wednesday, February 01, 2006

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I'm all for developing alternative sources of energy. I'm also mindful of the chronic gap between this administration's words and reality.

Courtesy of a reader, here's a look at an important part of the energy policy that will wean us from foreign oil, as President Bush explained in his State of the Union address:

Switch grass.

51 Comments:

Anonymous JoeF said...

Far be it from me to carry water for Bush, but there are three sources of ethanol that are supposed to be actually economical. Wood chips, switchgrass, and cane sugar. Celulose in plant life leads to more efficiant ethanol production. Today's ethanol is largely corn based becaus the corn industry has most of the power when it comes to subsidies and the like, plus Iowa has all the pull as the first primary.

Not sure if ethanol is a long term solution compared to hybrids/electrics/hydrogen, but it'd certainly be easier to implement based on infrastructure.

2/01/2006 11:12 PM  
Blogger Automax4000 said...

The administration backed away from the "75% reduction in Middle East oil imports statement" today.

Administration backs off Bush's vow to reduce Mideast oil imports
By Kevin G. Hall
Knight Ridder Newspapers

WASHINGTON - One day after President Bush vowed to reduce America's dependence on Middle East oil by cutting imports from there 75 percent by 2025, his energy secretary and national economic adviser said Wednesday that the president didn't mean it literally. (End of quote)

Also, the corn in ethanol is not produced at zero cost. I've read that with all costs added in, ethanol production actually uses more energy than it provides. Brazil has had some success producing ethanol from sugar cane, but the US Farm lobby got a 50 cent/gallon tariff put on it to make it uncompetitive in the US. Yea patriotism!

2/01/2006 11:52 PM  
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think we have to look at Brazil for an example of a nation that has converted a meaningful percentage of their engergy consumption to alternative fuels. I'm not entirely up on the details, but I understand Brazil is head and shoulders above much of the world in this area.

2/02/2006 6:26 AM  
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2/02/2006 9:17 AM  
Anonymous semper fubar said...

And to follow up on your comment automax, from today's NYT:

The Energy Department will begin laying off researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in the next week or two because of cuts to its budget.

A veteran researcher said the staff had been told that the cuts would be concentrated among researchers in wind and biomass, which includes ethanol. Those are two of the technologies that Mr. Bush cited on Tuesday night as holding the promise to replace part of the nation's oil imports.


Don't worry Prince Bandar, Bush has got your back.

2/02/2006 10:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think you have to worry the President didn't mean what he said : "his energy secretary and national economic adviser said Wednesday that the president didn’t mean it literally."(1)

Bush Administration Says Mideast Oil Pledge “Purely an Example”
Just one day after President Bush drew headlines for pledging to reduce the country’s reliance on Middle Eastern oil by 75 percent by the year 2025, two top administration officials said Bush’s promise was not meant literally. In a conference call with reporters, Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman told reporters the President was giving “purely an example” when he spoke about making dependency on Middle Eastern oil “a thing of the past." Bodman, speaking alongside Presidential adviser Dan Bartlett, said President Bush really meant that alternative energy could take the place of the amount oil the US is expected to import from the Middle East in 2025. An administration official told Knight Ridder the President used the words “the Middle East” only so he could illustrate the issue in way that "every American sitting out there listening to the speech understands."
(1)(2)

2/02/2006 11:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've seen energy department presentations on alternative fuels over the past few years. They are wonderful powerpoint presentions. Unfortunately department officials they can't even hide their sneers when giving them. Previous commenters have hit the nail on the head. The administration is cutting funds for research in renewable fuels: $25 million from NREL in Denver, CO. The fact that the energy secretary appeared blind-sided by the remarks in the SOTU just shows that it came from the political arm of the administration.

2/02/2006 12:22 PM  
Blogger Jay C said...

Thanks, TCR for the switchgrass pix. I notice that they are native to Texas: does this mean we have finally found out why President Bush spends so much time "clearing brush" out at his ranch in Crawford? It's really "biomass energy production"?
Wow.

2/02/2006 1:38 PM  
Blogger 277fia said...

Shortly after 9/11, I visited the James A. Baker Institute for Public Policy at Rice U. and read most of the reports, studies etc. about energy, the Middle East etc.
I was looking for clues as to what these guys were really up to.

From memory, "Strategic Energy Policy: Challenges for the 21st Century", April 2001, provided the roadmap to Bush's energy policy. I checked the website today and only the update of that report appears to be available in PDF format. I believe the original is available in the wayback machine in Word.

One of the major points in the report is that federal regulations have to eased to allow the construction of nuclear plants. Eliminating state regulations in favor of the federal government is one way to achieve that goal, according to the Institute.

The report projected that construction of nuclear plants would begin in approximately 10 years. Following the money, I did some research on the Shaw Group which bought the big engineering firm, Stone & Webster in, I think, July 2000. Stone & Webster were the engineers for the ill-fated Shoreham nuclear plant here in Suffolk County on Long Island.

The Shaw Group is the Louisiana company awarded the first major reconstruction project in Louisiana. It has its own representative on the White House's Homeland Security Council.

In January 2002, the Shaw Group bought some of the assets of the IT Group in a suspicious bankruptcy engineered by the Carlyle Group, the IT Group's major shareholder.

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I'm not a 100% certain on all of the dates (check the SEC website) but I think it was 1996 when Carlyle got a really good deal on IT preferred stock which it parlayed into a major equity share.

When it filed Chapter 11, the IT Group held contracts, among others, to clean up the Everglades, manage Cape Canaveral and build military housing. Its backlog in government contracts was $2 billion.

One of the screwy subsidiaries of the IT Group was landbank, a real estate firm in, I think, Colorado, which specialized in "brownfield" properties. Among its clients was the Carlyle Group and Mario Posillico, Charlie Gargano's partner in crime. Why a Colorado firm was involved in the sale of the old Tuscan dairy in Copaigue on Long Island is an interesting question if you live in Suffolk County.

And so on. My point here is that the direction of the nation's energy policy has already been set by the James Bakers of the world who have already locked in their profits.

2/02/2006 1:52 PM  
Blogger George said...

Switchgrass... At least it's not as insane as, say, going to Mars. Or invading Iraq. To put some numbers on it: Switchgrass is native to the prairie and grows well in poor soils. It produces 11.5 tons of dry mass per acre per year, enough to make 1,150 gallons of ethanol per acre per year. The US uses 139 billion gallons of gasoline per year. To make 139 Bgal of ethanol from switchgrass you would need 121 million acres. That's 189 thousand square miles, or a square 435 miles on a side. A good chunk of the midwest, but not all of it. If you retool the auto fleet to cut gasoline consumption in half, easily within the grasp of available technology, then the idea of getting fuel from biological solar collectors is at least not totally f'ing crazy. (But if people think that they are going to continue to use Hummers to drive the kids to Chuck E. Cheese, then yeah, it's crazy.) And it's probably a good way to transfer wealth from the middle class to Archer Daniels Midland, so it's right up the Washington alley.

a couple refs:
http://bioenergy.ornl.gov/papers/misc/switgrs.html
http://www.eia.doe.gov/neic/quickfacts/quickoil.html

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