Monday, May 16, 2005

Bush Fails to Understand Conservation of Energy

Lucky America! Bush, the oily kisser of Arabs, decided to tell us how to solve our problems yet again!
biodiesel, an alternative fuel made from soybeans that is cleaner-burning and American-made,but carries a higher price tag that regular diesel fuel. It is often blended with conventional transportation fuels as an extender.

Bush tells us that buying fuel made from corn which is grown by using tons of fertilizer made from fossil materials and harvested and processed using energy from fossil fuels (It has to be cooked!) will save America!
"Biodiesel is one of our nation's most promising alternative fuel sources and by developing biodiesel you're making this country less dependent on foreign sources of oil," he said.

"Americans are concerned about high prices at the pump and they're really concerned as they start making their travel plans, and I understand that," the president said. "I wish I could just wave a magic wand and lower the price at the pump. I'd do that. But that's not how it works."

We know that logic doesn't exist in Bush's world but the jarring information here that biofuel is more expensive than regular diesel makes this entire speech insane. How do you find relief this way? It is like finding relief from a headache by chopping off one's head.

The logic of energy use escapes Bush's logic circuits, too. To produce the energy harvested from corn involves so much energy it is a net loss function which is why it costs more than straight diesel.
Bush urged Congress to enact energy legislation that he says addresses both supply andconservation issues in a bid to make the United States less dependent on foreign nations, particularly those in the volatile Middle East, for its energy needs.

Americans have done anything but conserve fuel. After 9/11 Bush and Cheney famously said no one is going to change our energy habits and like children eating candy, America devoured energy like there is literally no tomorrow. At this rate, there will certainly be no "tomorrow". The iron laws of conservation of energy can't be upended with verbal tricks like the neo cons are doing with the concept of evolution. There is no Deux ex Machina to save us. No heavenly SUV is going to drive up to us and take us on a magic carpet drive.
His focus Monday, though, was on the part of the plan that boosts support for conservation and fossil fuel alternatives _ such as hydrogen, biodiesel and clean coal technology. Separately, Bush has also offered proposals to speed construction of nuclear power plants and oil refineries.

Not a peep about solar energy. Not a breath about wind energy. No huge plans to retrofit homes with better insulation and windows and doors. Nada. More coal burning, though!

And as usual, we run smack into the iron laws of conservation of energy: burning 50 million years of sun stored energy will release incredible amounts of CO2.