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Floresville Residence and Rehabilitation Center located at 811 6th St. in Floresville is NOW HIRING: Cook, Dietary Aide, Dishwaher, Certified Nursing Aides for 2P-10P shifts, andLicensed Vocational Nurses. We offer $1500 sign-on bonus, PTO, shift diff., and benefits. NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR CNA CLASSES, STARTING SOON!! May apply in person, call 830-393-2561, or email resume to Tina.mcgee@floresvillecare.com.
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Harold Rowan  
La Vernia, TX  
January 31, 2014 8:23am
 
Wow, Biased article? Ya think?
It's wayyy past time to get that junk out of our vehicles, It's not the answer to our energy problems and itís not nearly as clean as Mr. Barbre wants us to think it is. He doesnít mention how much Diesel, Fertilizer, pesticide, harvest, transport, or processing chemicals are consumed per bushel? How much ethanol do you get out of a bushel? How many bushels can you get off one acre? Letís seeÖ
We can get 2.5 Ė 2.8 Gallons of Ethanol per Bushel of corn and about 18 bushels per acre. Thatís about 50 Gallons. We currently use around 6 million acres of corn to produce 1% of US fuel requirements. If you apply how much Ethanol it would take to meet our national fuel requirements you would find that we donít actually have that much farm land in the entire country! We wonít get into how much fresh water it would take to grow that cornÖ
One gallon of ethanol is equal to .65 of a gallon of gasoline in terms of energy. (Do a mileage check between E85 and regular unleaded and the change in you mileage should reflect something like that ratio, mine gets 18.8 on Unleaded and 13.2 on E85. No savings there..)
In terms of energy produced per gallon and cost per gallon to produce let look at BTUís. We will use the LHV (Lower Heating Value) measurement since weíre talking about motor fuel:
1 US Gallon of unleaded gasoline is good for about 115,000 BTUís. The same Gallon of Ethanol is only good for about 76,000 BTUís. OK so thatís not so bad right? Hereís the deal killer, the part the EPA and Mr. Barbre donít want you to know or think aboutÖ It currently requires around 22,000 BTUís of energy to produce that gallon of Gas and 98,000 BTUís to produce that same gallon of Ethanol. Get that? Methanol TAKES MORE ENERGY TO PRODUCE IT, THAN IT PRODUCES! (Kind of like our government!).
Ask your Boat or Auto mechanic what he thinks about Ethanol and its effects, Iíll take their word before Mr. Barbreís, Iíve never met a mechanic that doesnít think itís hard on engines and fuel systems, even though it may be good for their bottom line. My mechanic told me a bunch of mumbo jumbo about water absorption, bigger molecules damaging ďOĒ rings, and deposits on injectors among other things. My Boat mechanic warned me not to leave fuel in the carburetors because fuel stabilizer isnít as effective on the ethanol thatís already in regular unleaded (10%). That was expensive too.
Prices, Mr. Barbre suggests that Ethanol has no effect on the price of other commodities, I beg to differ, Itís common knowledge that when the demand for corn went up for Ethanol, Farmers who were producing other things started growing corn instead (wouldnít you?) The initial drop in corn supplies drove up the cost of animal feed and most other corn products. Iíve seen the cost of pork products, cooking oil, animal feed and other things go up with my own eyes. Most obvious to me was the spike in Deer corn prices, from $6.50 to $10 per 50 lb. bag, OUCH!
It seems to me that Mr. Barbre is, and the EPA has, been blowing smoke up ourÖ Exhaust pipes about corn fuel. But hey, donít take my word for it, the info is out there (unless youíre talking about the healthcare bill) go look for it.
I hope the Ethanol mandate is defeated, Iím not saying we should stop looking for alternative fuels, who knows in the next hundred years or two we may actually run out of oil? For now, Iím going to fill up the truck (with Regular) pick up a couple bags for my deer feeder, then relax with a BLT and shot of Makers (My favorite use for corn). And as for Mr Barbre and his whiny one sided article? He can go sell that bunk somewhere else, I ainít buyin.
     
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