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December 17, 2007 – Comments (4)

What's a little amazingly huge dead zone due to fertilizer runoff if you can convince Americans that subsidized corn ethanol is green? And pay no attention to the major depletion of aquafers so we can irrigate a crop that barely registers on energy return.

Sj

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#1) On December 17, 2007 at 10:08 PM, eskatonic (29.22) wrote:

We should buy brazilian sugar cane ethanol  because it is 1) cheaper 2) more efficient 3) screwing up their country instead of ours.  But the corn states congressmen won't allow it.

 

2c 

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#2) On December 18, 2007 at 8:23 AM, TMFBent (99.82) wrote:

What? And hold our country hostage to a bunch of... ummm carnival-loving Portuguese speakers? They don't even speak American down there! And they certainly don't deliver votes, like Corn states do.

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#3) On December 18, 2007 at 12:17 PM, hall9999 (99.37) wrote:

From the article:

"Fertilizer causes explosive growth of algae, which then dies and sinks to the bottom, where it sucks up oxygen as it decays.  This creates a deep layer of oxygen-depleted ocean where creatures either escape or die."

  How ironic.  This is from Wikipedia (I got the same figure from "Planet Earth" on The Discover Channel):

"It is estimated that algae produce about 73 to 87 percent of the net global production of oxygen[4] that is available to humans and other animals for respiration."

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#4) On December 18, 2007 at 12:33 PM, hall9999 (99.37) wrote:

  Here's an article that better explains how this dead zone is created.

  But not to worry.  The need for cheap oil will enable us to restore nature's balance with... algae biofuel.

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