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Viewers Speak Their Mind on Ethanol & Energy
Oct 31, 2011
***Editor's Note: The following comments were received in response to the October 29-30, 2011 edition of U.S. Farm Report...
#1: Secretary Vilsack is a socialist utopian Obama lackey. Corn should be grown for food and livestock feed, not for fuel. It is a very inefficient use of a needed crop & its cropland and is not needed at all. The fact that it has to be subsidized shows that consumers do not want it for fuel as it destroys engines & costs way more to produce than petroleum and natural gas. We have plenty of oil & gas in America, and growing corn for ethanol is the worst sort of pandering & is itself not necessary. Jason King
#2: Why stop with foreign energy. The more I study energy, the border that I don't want to cross is my property line. Day after day the cost to produce your own energy is going down. Combining energy efficiency with your own production can provide you with all the energy that you will need. You can heat, cool and light your home, cook your food. You can power all your entertainment. And with cars like the new Tesla S I could power my car too. 300 miles range, 0 tailpipe emissions and 0 foreign oil. If you are not ready today, you should be at least studying it. Heck, if you are a farmer with tons beans in the bin, you should be studying biodiesel. Digesters are another option. And in the future creating hydrogen will be another option. We are getting closer and closer to energy independance with off the shelf components. 3 million people without power? 1 million in california? Another good reason. And yes power storage is just as important. Mark Potochnik
#3: John phipps' commentary on U.S. Farm Report was an ignorant rant about our current energy crisis in America. John used durogatory adjectives such as xenophobic, jingoistic and the term pseudo-patriotism for those of us who are pushing for more American oil exploration and drillling, as well as encouraging carbon taxes that would push the price of fuel even higher. I have an adjective or two to describe his commentary--idiotic and foolish. Perhaps John would be happier if in his world, as his commentary is entitied, the diesel used in the farm equipment and trucks that get food to the end-user was $6 a gallon. What John's World needs in it is a good dose of common sense and a bit of rationality. Jason Goolesby
#4: John, please make a run for office - preferably President. Each week you make common sense statements - many of them contrary to viewpoints that might be held by many of your viewers. We badly need you in Washington.
#5: In watching the stock market on a roller coaster ride, it's clear that the American investor couldn't get along without China at every turn. Whether it's commodities, vehicles, energy, utilities, etc., everything come back to China, India, Japan, South America, Russia and the European Union for investing. But where is the interest in investing in the United States of America???? At this rate, America could in time become a third world country!!! My thoughts for today. Wayne Doering
#6: I understand the political views expressed tend towards the conservative but I watch your program for the FARM information. I'd appreciate it if your biases would at least reflect something about farming and not fill the entire screen with some commercial radio quote about purposely enraging a huge, general group of people who may be watching thinking all the information and opinions will be about farms. Interesting that that was wedged between a farm to school table and a commentary about fast food obesity. It makes me wonder if a producer was inserting his opinion of that. Thanks. Karen Stinnett in rural Virginia