Here are some subjective speeches about the relationship between Alcoholics Anonymous, The Rockefeller family and competitive business practices. Did the Rockefeller family sponsor Alcoholics Anonymous and other prohibition organizations because ethanol was a superior and “unmonopoliziable” fuel? As GOODNEWS strives to be based in fact, please regard this episode as a mere thought-provoking editorial. As of now, this is just a hypothesis for further investigation.
Produce ethanol! No blood for foreign oil.
Financial motive for Rockefeller’s to support prohibition of alcohol:
Imagine when every farm could produce enough fuel for the vehicles of its owners. This could happen again.
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Ethanol fuel production is a good locally-based industry, providing local jobs and a market for local materials, and helping to keep money and investment within the community. That’s why so many of the farming states in the US (and Canada) back ethanol fuel.
One ethanol plant owned by farmers in Minnesota processes 11,751 bushels of grain a day to produce 33,990 gallons of ethanol and 95 tons of high-protein livestock feed.
If you happen to have a spare acre in your back yard, you can raise enough maize to make enough ethanol to drive even a 17mpg gas-guzzler about 5,000 miles, along with enough animal feed to help keep you in eggs and chicken.
If the climate favours sugarcane, an acre’s worth will take you nearly 15,000 miles. A few fruit trees would help a lot too. You could put the by-product in a digester, along with other organic wastes, to produce methane gas for cooking — or as a heat source for the distillation process.
Alcohol yield tables (for 30 different feedstocks), showing: Average yield of 99.5 percent alcohol per ton; Average yield of 99.5 percent alcohol per acre.
Ethanol is a highly efficient fuel. A study by the Institute of Local Self-Reliance in the US found that using the best farming and production methods, “the amount of energy contained in a gallon of ethanol is more than twice the energy used to grow the corn and convert it to ethanol”.
The US Department of Agriculture says each BTU (British Thermal Unit, an energy measure) used to produce a BTU of gasoline could be used to produce 8 BTUs of ethanol.
The non-profit American Coalition for Ethanol says ethanol production is “extremely energy efficient”, with a positive energy balance of 125%, compared to 85% for gasoline, making ethanol production “by far the most efficient method of producing liquid transportation fuels”.