Ethanol Smear Campaign Exposed By US Senator

July 3, 2008 at 1:30 pm 5 comments

The Truth About Ethanol


A US Senator has outed the Grocery Manufacturers Association’s well planned and executed smear campaign against ethanol.

Senator Chuck Grassley says “Ethanol and alternative fuels are being made the scapegoat for a whole variety of problems. Never before have the virtuous benefits of ethanol and renewable fuels been so questioned and criticized. The problem is, none of these criticisms are based on sound science, economics or even common sense.”

Senator Grassley has unveiled the the dirty, nitty-gritty details of the Grocery Manufacturers Associations’ smear campaign:

“Some of my colleagues here in the Senate have also gotten involved in this misinformation campaign. It seems there is a “group-think” mentality when it comes to scapegoating ethanol for everything from high gas prices, global food shortages, global warming and deforestation. But, as was recently reported, this anti-ethanol campaign is not a coincidence. It turns out that a $300,000, six-month retainer of a beltway public relations firm is behind the smear campaign, hired by the Grocery Manufacturers Association.”


Isn’t that what David Blume has been saying all along? Ask yourself – who runs the Grocery Manufacturers Association and why would those people not want you to know the truth about ethanol?

Oil is at $145 today. Last Independence Day weekend, drivers were paying just $2.95 a gallon for gas, about $1.15 less than today. Oil prices are up more than 50 percent since the start of the year. Prices rose by a similar amount in 2007 — but it took almost the entire year for them to make that trip.

Just this week alone, the price on a barrel of oil jumped 3.6 percent. So please keep in mind right now oil barons are laughing and spending your money on $80 million dollar paintings. Wake the hell up, folks!.

I happen to be involved with some folks brewing their own car fuel, and it’s actually pretty easy once you get the still up and running. Try sticking your nose into a vat of fermenting yeast sometime. POW!


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  • 1. Mark S  |  July 7, 2008 at 1:40 am

    Here’s an idea: FOOD CREDITS.

    You know what Carbon Credits are so let’s create the Meme of Food Credits.

    100% of all biomass converted to fuel is accounted for and the original quantity of edible biomass converted to fuel is produced as food via alternative means.

    Alternative means could include:

    Direct by-product use (DDGS, CO2)
    Indirect by-product use (cellulosic food from stover and straw)

    Recycle the manure, and plant living cover crops so as to shut-up the pop-ecology morons that bitch and moan about “soil carbon” and soil fertility. Funny how most of those people don’t realize that mychorrizal symbiosis is 100% obligate. The soil life dies without living plants and stover only smothers what life is left (think Gulf Coast dead zones) while NOT sucking up the rotting CO2 emissions or accumulating nitrogen for next year’s crop over the winter months (winter cover crops continue to live and feed the soil ecology even during the coldest of days).

    Next time you hear someone bitch about “cellulosic” anything and spout off about “soil carbon” or “soil erosion” or “soil fertility” remember that you’ve read this:

    Another “Credit Metric” that would be great to pursue would be “Phantom Gallons” eg Gasoline Gallon Equivalents that were not needed to be used in the production of both fuel and food (and other by-products.)

    Pretty short drive down the road from a micro, mini or small fuel plant in the middle of Bumfrak, State of Nowhere. Right next to the bar + grill I’d gather. Far shorter drive than from Abu Dhabi me thinks.

    Tilapia and Shellfish polycultures would make great profits in Bumfrak, Nowhere I bet:

  • 2. Mark S  |  July 7, 2008 at 2:05 am

    Ever wonder why people want to make cellulosic fuel when it is orders of magnitude easier to make “cellulosic food” from agricultural waste?

    Much of the cost of cellulosic fuel is the shipping and handling. It’s just a LOT of stuff to process.

    Hmmm, sounds like the economics of forage feedstocks like alfalfa, grass and silage. Why not feed the cellulosics to the naturally-adapted organisms (ruminant, mushrooms) and leave the low-hanging fruit glucose polymers to the non-GMO yeasts?

    One way or another large amounts of biomass will be processed. Why not target the molecule to the enzyme system best suited to use them NOW?

    ps Hemicellulose is doable now. Hemicellulase is used in animal feeds already. It’s almost as easy to hydrolyse as starch. And sorghum cane is mostly hemicellulose; up to 50% is the number I’ve seen, even more than the cellulose content.

    A mild acid (CO2 carbonated water enhanced) hydrolysis with hemicellulase would not only break-up the amorphous hemicellulose but also help with the starch liquefaction. Add in some phytase to release starch cross-links, enhance enzyme activity, yeast health and feed value and bingo, the system starts to look like a negentropic synergism. Very sexy, eh?

  • 3. Mark S  |  July 7, 2008 at 2:09 am

    And maybe we need a “Free Engine Conversions” movement.

    Heh. 😉

  • 4. Mark S  |  July 13, 2008 at 2:49 am

    Are there any clever people here that read David Blume’s book who would like to discuss the design of integrated ethanol plants?

    I’ve got some great ideas on how to use the CO2 (pneumatic battery, process acid, dry ice engine, gas-stripping vacuum fermenter, etc.)

  • 5. peakoilboy  |  July 13, 2008 at 9:30 pm


    Have you headed over to That conversation is taking place there. By the way… David Blume will be on Coast to Coast this Thursday night! 6 million listeners across the country… aw yeah!


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