Now is the time to renew and rebuild our food systems and local economies; regenerate our soils and communities; and create new ways to live and work together.
The Model T could run on alcohol fuel; Henry Ford said, "The future of the automobile is with local, farm-grown alcohol fuel." Standard Oil disagreed, and financed Prohibition in order to break the back of people's access.
Whole-systems designs incorporating Permaculture principles and interlinked local farms can rebuild soils, strengthen local farms and economies, and provide resilient alternatives to fossil fuel dependence. Any automobile or small engine built since 2001 can run on alcohol fuel without alteration (Doubts? See "Busting Ethanol Myths" above); as will any oil furnace.
Electricity is well-suited for lighting, communications, controls and small motors. It is important that we not squander resources needed for the sustainable production of electricity, that we concentrate their use where their particular qualities yield the most benefit.From a whole-systems standpoint electricity is utterly unsuited for the bulk of transportation needs,where liquid fuels are far superior. We have great needs for sustainable electricity generation, but photovoltaic panels and vehicle and large scale batteries are extremely resource-intensive, requiring large amounts of rare elements that are in limited supply. Motors and generators, as well as the required electrical grid build-out, will consume vast amounts of copper that has already reached peak production capacity.
The transportation issue is not about liquid fuels, it's with non-renewable fuels. The criticisms of ethanol are not of ethatnol as such, but the extremely destructive practices of industrial-scale corn ethanol production. Regarding atmospheric carbon dioxide, plant-grown ethanol is carbon neutral; what is produced by combustion, has come from the atmosphere, not from fossil fuel. In fact regenerative growing practices sequester carbon, while healing soils.
We know we've got to stop burning fossil fuels, fossil carbon, NOW - but we're helpless, right? We voted for the right guys, what else can we do? We need fuel to drive, we need heat, we need jobs.
What we can do is put a stake in the ground, right here, right now, and set to work. Whatever else we manage in our lives, this is a moral imperative - period.
Take whatever path calls you. This site is dedicated to one - locally produced, organic, regeneratively-grown ethanol fuel for transportation and home heating that will be cheaper, renewable, carbon-negative, better for vehicles, and burn clean. It will create jobs and strengthen our farms and local economies.
We all know ethanol is terrible - yes? NO! Inform yourself, break the chains of helplessness and misinformation; let's get together and ACT. In Columbia County, in the Hudson River Valley, NOW. See "Resources" in the menu above.