Re: Hemp fuel? [was Re: Hydrogen cars, etc. [Re: QUOTE: Bey on extropians]]
Sun, 16 Nov 1997 04:05:20 -0500 (EST)

In a message dated 97-11-16 02:54:00 EST, you write:

<< I'm aware that hemp has uses. :)

And I think as an economic crop, hemp qua crop makes sense. Trying to get it
accepted is another matter, a propaganda matter.

However, regarding hemp qua fuel: inasmuch as hemp still has to be
there's an energy cost associated with that. Assuming hemp is as efficient
soybeans at generating oil (that seems like a conservative estimate), and
assuming similar cultivation/processing costs (not sure this is true), a
approximation of the energy credit (or debt) ought to be easily calculable.
don't have the numbers at present. But we don't see a lot of soybean-powered
cars, do we? Now if hemp were incredibly better as a fuel, or incredibly
to cultivate, this use might still pan out. I'm curious to know if the book
mention goes into this, or just handwaves about it.

I'll try to look up that book. Have you got an ISDN number handy? Thanks.



hmmm, I found an ISBN number for the book, perhaps that what you were talking

ISBN: 1878125028 for the 1998 version not yet released (due out Jan 1), (he
updates it like every 2 years) 1996 version is sold out and out of print

amazon books sells v1998 discounted for $19.95 (list price $24.95)

Im pretty sure the book has all the specifics and up-to-date scientific
reports etc...