Biodiesel! One of the great solutions for our globe

Oil and fuel from corn and cotton seed

The people of the world are coming to the battle to save our planet. As the reality of our need for clean, alternative sources of energy sets in, innovators and thinkers world wide are creating practical solutions. Some are as simple as this old mason jar illustrates. We can grow at least 20% of our national fuel requirements!

Years ago, in World War Two, when the Germans could not produce enough oil through drilling, they decided to grow their fuel. The German military was fueled by BioDiesel and Ethanol. Their trucks, cars, even airplanes used it. Nearly 40 years later, U.S. automakers are grudgingly, slowly admitting that they CAN make minor adjustments, and allow the huge U.S. fleet of autos to utilize ethanol. Trucks can already use biodiesel, and in some cases performance is enhanced. It seems that the "mutual dependance" marriage of the auto industry and traditional U.S. Oil interests, is being broken by pure economics and public demand.

In this energy transistion, the people are ahead of the politicians. The people are ahead of the oil companies. The people are ahead of the media. Innovators are moving forward, and pure economics and common sense of environmental idealism are fueling the move.

Texas and California now have wind power farms producing enough electricity to power over 1,200,000 homes. Farmers and ranchers are finding that leasing their land for wind turbines is a good source of unexpected income, and something that does not hurt agricultural operations at all.

In Iowa, the state has so many farmers and producers of wind energy and ethanol, that the state has gone from being an "importer" of electricity, to an "exporter" of energy products.

In Pennsylvania, the state has been an exporter of soybean products, because of lack of demand in the state. But now with 11 new biodiesel plants to be up and running, it will absorb these soybean products in state, and make profits by selling energy efficient fuel.

All of this comes at a time, when the traditional production of oil, is completely absorbed by global demand. The world is using every drop of new oil produced, therefore, these new biodiesel products are in demand.

It is predicted that in the USA that wind power could supply 20% of the electricity needs of the country. Ethanol and biodiesel, coud supply up to 20% of transportation fuels. These projections are based upon the potential and projections of projects in the planning stages in the USA.

Innovators are looking at Ethanol and Biodiesel, and finding them to be profitable in the sale of the prime fuel products, and that this process provides demand for agricultural crops such as corn, cotton seed, and other products. Farm economists calculate, that if the price of oil remains at $50 per barrel, that U.S. farm producers will reap about $50,000,000,000.00 (BILLION) that in the past would have flowed to foreign oil producers. The American Wind Energy Association is estimating that by 2015 wind could send an extra $200,000,000.00 back to farmers and ranchers.

Some communities are doing locally, as an alliance, what they cannot afford to do as individuals. Rock County, Minnesota, has a population of 9,520 people. A group of 220 farmers put together $3,000,000 in cash, to put in an Ethanol plant. Now they have a totally new market for their goods, a new source of income and they are doing something good for the environment in the process. There are no losers in this process, and indeed, there is at least 10 times more demand for ethanol than there is supply. Finally, farmers are finding that they have an unlimited source and market for their crops. It is a bright light on the horizon for the farmers of the world. And THEY own it, the crops, the land, and the production.

Consider these statistics:

In the 1970's the income per farm was $27,000. 3.9 million people worked on farms, and there were 2.95 million farms in the USA.

In 2006 the income per farm is $27,000. 3.1 million people work on farms, and there are 2.1 million farms left in the USA. Farming industries and farming communities have been in a decline for years. Partially because of local control of products, pricing, markets, and production. But, consider the implications of this new alternative fuel industry.

Ethanol can create 203,879 jobs, all in agricultural communities.

Biodiesel can create 39,100 new jobs, in agricultural communities.

Wind can create 12,500 new jobs, in agricultural communities.

The total boost to US GDP could be $70,000,000,000 (Billion Dollars)

One of the most interesting implications is that for the first time in 30 years, the flow of capital and funds could actually be changing to go back to the farm community. IF, (this is a big if) farmers will take advantage of it. And it appears that they are!