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The green frog is native to the eastern half of
Minnesota, this particular individual is native to a small pond on my
farm. His message that corn ethanol is not green has been a conviction
of mine since the use of ethanol as automobile fuel was first
discussed. First, being a farmer I am very familiar with the fact that
the production of corn consumes large quantities of fossil fuel.
Second, having studied chemistry in college I know that to distill
ethanol from water requires an even greater amount of energy, generally
in the form of natural gas. Different studies come up with conflicting
results as to whether the energy in corn ethanol is more or less than
the amount of energy used to make it. However, even the most favorable
studies indicate that any energy gain is minimal and that corn ethanol
could not possibly replace the petroleum used in automobiles.
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