The grain it takes to fill an SUV tank with ethanol could feed a person for a year. Harvests are being plucked to fuel our cars instead of ourselves. What a brilliant idea.That statement wasn't from the blogger. It was from a TIME article the blogger was critiquing. Could that really be true? Lets find out.
Fuel tank capacity of big SUV: 31 to 39 gallons for a 2008 Suburban
Ethanol yield from corn: 2.8 gallons per bushel - found it here, originally sourced from Ethanol.com
Ethanol needed to fill the tank: Let's say 28 gallons blended with 5 gallons of gasoline to make 33 gallons of E85 for the Flex-Fueled SUV.
Hence, 10 bushels of corn are needed to fill the tank of the Suburban with E85.
A bushel of shelled corn weighs 56 pounds (ear corn is 70 pounds per bushel. Not knowing which form is used for ethanol, I'll use the most favorable value).
Hence, 560 pounds of corn are needed to fill the Suburban one time.
That is simply obscene.
I have more to say on this - IT GETS WORSE - my updates are here and here.
H/T - Just One Minute