Mike Huckabee on Biofuels

Posted05/11/2007

"Engineering, in antiquity as now, is the process of finding a way through and over the challenges of environment and culture."
John Noble Wilford

If engineers could design and build a prototype of a universal bio-fuel conversion machine that was affordable, capable of mass production, and space-efficient enough to be on every farm, and perhaps in every home, it would truly be an invaluable wonder. If a farmer could collect the waste of his livestock and remains of his crops and deposit them into a machine that would convert them to a concentrated bio-fuel which he could use to power vehicles and generators, not to mention sell to energy companies that would pass it on to other consumers, it would be an incredible way to facilitate the transition away from fossil fuels and toward bio-fuel. It is likely that such a machine could be used by more than just farmers to generate fuel. Many production processes generate waste that could possibly be converted in this way as well.

If it also was possible to design a machine so efficient that the average household could use it to convert their waste into bio-fuel for personal use or to sell to an energy supplier, the impact on our economy and natural environment would be even greater. Such an invention would revolutionize not just the energy industry and how we power our machines, but also the recycling and waste disposal industries, environmental conservation, and the design and production of future products that would benefit society.

If engineers meet such a challenge, it would have an almost immediate, beneficial impact on the energy security of every country now totally dependent on fossil fuels, on the prospects for economic growth now hampered by the high price of oil, and on the health and future of our planet and the other species that share it. I know that the most worthy endeavors are rarely easy, but the rewards are worth the effort. I humbly commend this challenge to our engineers in hopes of achieving a cleaner, more prosperous world in this century.

Godspeed,
Mike Huckabee

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  • MARGRET-MARIE MARGRET-MARIE
    MARGRET-MARIE from United States comments on Mike Huckabee on Biofuels

    Posted 3 years and 1 month ago

    Hello Mr. Mike Huckabee,

    I am a chemical engineer that is interested in this type of work and would like to know were I can start. I currently live in Colorado and have spoken to executives concerning this same topic. How can I get on board with this and get funding for my project.

    Sincerely,

    Margaret Thornton
  • Steve Frazer Steve Frazer
    Steve Frazer from Boulder City, NV comments on Mike Huckabee on Biofuels

    Posted 5 years and 3 months ago

    Gov. Huckabee, I have been working in energy for more than a decade with DoD and DoE funding in research universities and private firms. Today I am with the Emerging Technology Corporation (http://etcgreen.com). While there are technologies that partially support the vision contained in your document above, short of solving the nuclear fission challenge or possibly the development of some "nano" technology, such processes demand large scale operations for capital investment recovery. The initial capital costs along with the parasitic energy needed for such processing at small scale would not provide a positive return with the technology of today or that of the near future (5 years). Tom Brokaw's, "The Greatest Generation", a wonderful story of amazing people, does not address the concept that this single generation had radically advanced transportation and communications tools over all previous human history as the result of learning to burn stored energy at a higher rate. The future of US transportation is in question. By 2030, 30% of the US population may no longer own private cars. If you have not viewed the movie "Crude", please take the time to do so. Also, the DoD J.O.E. report is eye opening - massive worldwide oil shortages by 2014? Not to mention the suggestion of WWIII in Africa. Gov. Huckabee, you have a platform from which you can educate the American citizens. The media and lobbies have confused the masses. People need to have the facts: Between a 2010 Toyota Prius (55mpg on gasoline) and a 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee with CRD diesel engine (22mpg on B100), which is the most Green? The Jeep - The Prius is running a fuel that is not sustainable therefore cannot be considered Green at all. I tell everyone I know that the gasoline powered car they are driving now is likely to be the last of its kind they will ever buy. Hybrids and EV's do not make sense based on financial, energy or recycling issues. My company embraced Jatropha orchards years before Daimler, GM, Toyota, ADM, Doe, and hundreds more organizations made the same decision. There are 103 public utility nuclear power plants operating in the US today. There are hundreds of new nuclear power plant licensing requests submitted with the US NRC, but estimates of over 200 years are common to replace the current fossil fuel power plants with nuclear plants. The sad reality is that heavy minerals needed for the fuel in these proposed nuclear power plants are not sustainable and some mineral reserve reports suggest they are not simply not available even today. Will we soon be mining Mars and other planets? Mr. Brokaw's "Greatest Generation" burned energy at a rate never before seen on this planet. It took the earth hundreds of millions of years to store that much energy and we used it up in a blink of the eye. Our world economies and our world energy sources are changing. My firm is a development partner for a radically new wind turbine design. This technology will likely put 80% of all current wind turbine manufacturers and virtually all current wind farms out of business within 5-10 years. Such an example offers hope for a better life in this radically changing world, but frankly the world should expect less and less such technology breakthroughs. People will be too busy just trying to survive. Sincerely, Steve Frazer
  • Ross Pert Ross Pert
    Ross Pert from Glasgow comments on Mike Huckabee on Biofuels

    Posted 5 years and 10 months ago

    Yes creating a device which would covert waste in power and energy is perfect for the home and farms across the world, but with everything which requires alot of research and input, the cost to actually have these things in the average home or farm is just not feasible??Or not in the immediate future. Ideas need to be thought of that are going to produce renewable energy in the next 5 to 10 years. Solar powered biofuel warehouses on the edges of cities which will hold the waste of a city would be perfect, the waste can then be moved on to a larger factory (again powered by sun) to be converted into fuel. Everyone knows that biofuel is cheaper and if it can be produced on a large scale then it will be used and will quickly expand.
  • Sidney Clouston Sidney Clouston
    Sidney Clouston from Michigan, USA comments on Mike Huckabee on Biofuels

    Posted 6 years and 5 months ago

    Dear Chairman Huckabee, Fellows and Friends Our group is a Type Two Partnership as suggested by the UN during the World Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002 held in South Africa. We are focused on Biomass Energy and Biofuels in particular. We have a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU signed with the Energy Commission of Nigeria, the Applied Research Center of the Florida International University and my small business Clouston Energy Research, LLC. We have demonstration gardens growing in Nigeria, Ghana and Senegal. in Africa. We ought to to have fields in Guyana South America started and Nepal as well shortly. The Switchgrass and Jatropha can suppliment or replace the fuels used in the transportation sector. It is Renewable and can be home grown for the greater part. However we do think that importing feedstock and/or finished products is needed. A three year period is needed for the full establishment of the roots of the Switchgrass. Time is needed also for Jatropha to be matured and better established. It woulld be nice for our team to get the attention it deserves and any participation from this NSF team. Lastly, I have written a White Paper that has the Millennium Development Goals supported by the Poor growing this feedstock. Uplifting the Poor will not only help them but be an economic stimulas as well. Sidney Clouston cloustonenergy@aol.com
  • Phil Z. Phil Z.
    Phil Z. from Southern California comments on Mike Huckabee on Biofuels

    Posted 7 years and 6 months ago

    Mr. Huckabee makes a good point when he talks of using the biofuels at the point where they are created, thus reducing the costs of trucking the fuel to distant markets. Still, the energy costs associated with the refining of biofuels far exceed their benefits. Mr. Huckabee's emphasis on using animal & plant waste as opposed to purpose grown crops is another good point, but all these biofuel projects are just an attempt to shorten the cycle of capturing solar energy. Oil, natural gas and coal are all examples of solar energy converted in readily usable forms of energy. Solar energy, whether thermal or photovoltaic, is clearly the best way to address our energy crises. BTW, I enjoy the Governor's bass playing.
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