Oil and water

A Renewable Fuels Now article calls it the “Franken-Stat.” “It’s the monster stat that will never die: 1,700 gallons of water to produce a gallon of ethanol.” Unfortunately, it gets quoted as fact by the media, even though it is not true. It actually takes less than four gallons of water to produce a gallon of ethanol. The twisted “fact” quoted by the media was made up by the infamous Cornell University entomologist David Pimentel. He gets the number by adding in the water needed to grow corn — never mind the fact that as little as 4 percent of the corn used for ethanol production in the United States requires irrigation.

Rainfall is enough for the other 96 percent. By comparison, it takes 1,851 gallons of water to refine a barrel of crude oil. That’s 44 gallons of water per gallon of crude. Meanwhile, there is now apparently an environmental movement to get rid of bottled water. This story from the News Tribune in Jefferson City, Missouri talks about a local hospital that pulled bottled water from it’s vending machines in the name of “non-violence toward our environment.”
The reason:
In 2006, Americans spent almost $11 billion on more than 8 billion gallons of bottled water. More then 22 billion bottles were thrown into the trash. In the United States, people drink more then 70 million bottles of water each day. That takes 1.5 million barrels of oil to produce. via Corn commentary.

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