Ethanol – the next EVIL fuel…

26 Dec

Here at RenaissanceRonin, we are always on the lookout for ways to become more independent, and even save a few bucks…

After all, we’ve become known as “psychopathic nutjobs…” um… er… “disciples of DDRRR…”

No! Not that! We hardly ever drool with spittle dribbling down our chins… It stands for “Demolition, destruction, reconstruction, remodeling, and reusing…” everything from shipping containers to aircraft hangar parts.

Okay, so Josh drools, but he has an excuse… he’s teething… Sheesh!

And, we’re always on the lookout for new ways to make a buck go farther. We love wind power (here at RenaissanceRonin, my wife says that I can generate all the wind we need… usually during confrontations with our nosy neighbors…) LOL!

We’re advocates of solar energy (especially when you can aim the reflection off your solar panels into the cantankerous next door neighbors windows…) LOL!

AND… the idea of making your own bio-fuel just makes us want to bust out in song, and serenade the gawds… (with a bullhorn, at 3am, because that’s when the gawds pay the most attention! Neighbors, too… Sheesh! ) LOL!

But, I suspect that people are taking this ethanol thing just a little bit too far…

It’s official… Ethanol has become the EVIL fuel…

In Kosovo, police seized a truck loaded with 711 gallons of ethanol, which they say was intended for use in spiking drinks in the capital city of Pristina. Bar patrons have been complaining that bar owners have been adding ethanol to imported alcohols to improve their profits. The ethanol is reportedly produced in Serbia, and is presumably not de-natured.

Now, I’ve heard of “corn liquor,” in fact… some of my southern relatives are “professionals,” according to the Department of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms… LOL! But, I think that somebody has violated the “spirit that was intended” for the use of this “revolutionary” new fuel.

Just be glad they weren’t in Japan!

In Japan, a research team at Shizuoka University has developed new techniques for conversion of bamboo to ethanol. The team has developed a means of improving the efficiency of conversion of cellulose to glucose by 2 percent to 75 percent, and expects to raise that result to 80 percent in the future. The team said that its process reduces the cost of bamboo ethanol production to $4.18 per gallon, based on the 80 percent conversion efficiency.

Okay, so it’s cool that they can use a fast growing, sustainable resources like bamboo, to make fuel. But, at $4.18 per gallon, is it really a good idea? I mean, I just drove past several gas stations, and the fuel was averaging about $1.66 a gallon… At $4 bucks a gallon… I don’t want any… LOL!

And, if the Japanese follow the example of the Kosovoians… having a nightcap will cost more than purchasing one of them small cars the Japanese are so famous for!!! LOL!

But hey, you can always pour your “after-party leftovers” in the gas tank, and get your DUI with an “environmental sake-fueled flair!” LOL!

Okay… okay… I’m going now… I gotta batch of “Bamboo Beer” brewing, and I need to taste-test it… Wouldn’t want it to “turn…” Remember campers, quality control is vital to the creation of a successful product… LOL!

Stay tuned!

The Renaissance Ronin

On a more serious note: Eartha Kitt, a sultry singer, dancer and actress who rose from South Carolina cotton fields to become an international symbol of elegance and sensuality, has died, a family spokesman said. She was 81. Kitt, who was recently treated at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, died Thursday in Connecticut of colon cancer.

Now, Ronin has poked a stick at Eartha (and it was all in fun), but she was a remarkable woman, full of talent. Even our children know who she was, after her incredible performances with the Disney bunch…

eartha-kittGoodbye Eartha, we’ll miss you! RIP…


One Response to “Ethanol – the next EVIL fuel…”

  1. coffee buzz January 4, 2009 at 1:23 am #

    Eartha Kitt seemed to live a fuller life than most people ever manage to do.. and it was so funny to find out that she was a voice in “The Emperor’s New Groove”

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