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... grain driers and renewable energy cycle fertilizers to be more likely first steps down from petroleum fed agriculture than electric tractors ... while we certainly can't produce enough biodiesel to replace the current gasoline fired commute in the US, there is no reason to doubt we can produce enough biodiesel to fuel tractors.

Of course, that means that its a Net Energy Yield versus Labor Productivity race between tractors and horses, in terms of which will lead to the least increase in cost of food, but the US has a massive increase in food productivity up our sleeve due to our absurd over-production and over-consumption of meat, and in any event I prefer two options to one in this kind of situation.


I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.

by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Sun Oct 28th, 2007 at 12:31:04 PM EST
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