Here we are in the coldest part of winter and the spring seed catalogs have started arriving. These brightly colored reminders of warm days ahead cheer me up.
In our house, the arrival of the spring seed catalogs kicks off the plant selection debate. Pro sports drafts have nothing over the spring flower negotiations. My wife tries to fill every empty space in our garden. I try to limit the number of holes I’ll have to dig. My wife believes that no garden is complete until there is no room for weeds.
We are fortunate to live in part of the world that will grow an amazing abundance of beautiful and nutritious plants. I have traveled across our great country several times. I am awed by the size of the vast plains and forests that we have in our heartland.
Our ever-improving technology is making liquid fuels available from home grown energy sources. Plants capture the energy from the sun. Then we convert the harvested materials into liquid fuels for vehicles using our industrial know how.
Easy to use liquid fuels such as bio diesel, ethanol and butanol are being produced in ever-increasing quantity. The raw materials for these liquid fuels are as easy to replenish as corn, grass and trees.
The change to real grass roots use of homegrown fuels makes us more independent. The more butanol, E85 or Bio Diesel we use the more it frees us from the uncertain sources of foreign fuels.
Some day the use of bio fuels may save the consumer money, but that day is not here yet. Bio fuels still cost much more that petrol-fuel per mile driven.
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