A hemp ethanol spill would just evaporate!

Anyone notice the Gulf of Mexico (and, given the rate in which this thing is growing and our inability to plug it – all the world’s oceans) are turning to black sludge? Thanks, BP! Thanks Halliburton! Check out the following links to see what I’m talking about:

Astronauts see ‘scary’ oil spill from space

BP, Coast Guard Officers Block Journalists From Filming Oil-Covered Beach (VIDEO)

Gulf Oil Is in the Loop Current, Experts Say
Satellite pictures show oil snared by an eddy.

A New Oil Rush Endangers the Gulf of Mexico and the Planet

White House Covers Up Menacing Oil “Blob”

Even Fox News – normally the unquestioning servant of corporate America – is on the attack:



So … what does all that have to do with our cannabis culture? Well check this next link out:

December 8, 2006
Ethanol spill decision: No cleanup required

Tim Krohn

CAMBRIA — There will be no action taken to clean up the site of an ethanol spill from a railroad derailment, but monitoring wells will be installed.

State pollution officials said boring tests from the site near Cambria in Blue Earth County showed the soil is naturally very high in organic material, which will help speed the evaporation of ethanol and a small amount of gasoline.

And they found the ethanol is being contained well by clay under the topsoil and there has been no migration of pollutants and no pollutants detected in the Minnesota River.

“They think is will naturally evaporate rather quickly,” said Nancy Miller, a spokeswoman for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

Six Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern Railroad cars derailed Nov. 22 with 30,000 gallons of ethanol, mostly from one tanker, spilling into the dry bed of the Little Cottonwood River.


Three thoughts immediately come to mind after reading that.

1) Hemp is the best crop for making ethanol with. If you don’t believe me check out my article on hemp ethanol:


2) Unlike an oil spill, a hemp ethanol spill is small – 30,000 gallons total instead of “estimated 210,000 gallons of oil a day” and could take “another ninety days” to cap (on top of the 30 so far) according to Democracy Now:


3) And unlike an oil spill, a hemp ethanol spill would require no cleanup! It just evaporates!

I’m tired of waiting for the economic decisions of the world to finally be made by consumers instead of producers. I hope somebody with power and influence reads this, realizes the importance of switching to a fuel that evaporates when spilled instead of killing our planet, and then educates the public (and our rulers) into the importance of switching the massive energy subsidies currently given to oil companies over to sustainable fuel companies – especially ethanol production … and we finally get around to removing the red tape around industrial hemp so it can easily compete with and replace oil.

Remember … 6 times cheaper at the pump with no oil wars, no oil spills and a reverse of the greenhouse effect! There’s no downside to hemp ethanol … unless you’re an oil company.

David Malmo-Levine



  1. Anonymous on

    Once in contact with water ethanol would mix with it, not evaporate.

    But yeah it would be much much much much better.

  2. David Malmo-Levine on

    “I hate to burst your bubble, but cellulosic fermentation is not poised to overtake petroleum yet. Solid-state cellulosic fermentation, which happens to be what I conducted research on while in college, has never been conducted on commercial scale anywhere in the world as far as I know.”

    Had you bothered to glance at the link I provided you would have discovered it did exist – for the first 30 years of the automotive industry in the US:

    In the 1930s the Ford Motor Company invested heavily in biomass fuels. Ford operated a successful biomass conversion plant that included hemp, at their Iron Mountain facility in Michigan. Ford engineers extracted methanol, charcoal fuel, tar, pitch, ethyl-acetate and creosote out of hemp. All fundamental ingredients for modern industry – ingredients now supplied by oil-related
    industries. (59)


    I guess you also didn’t notice what’s going on in the world. Perhaps you studied this in collage a long time ago and things have developed since then:



    From 2007 to 2008, the share of ethanol in global gasoline type fuel use increased from 3.7% to 5.4%.[1] In 2009 worldwide ethanol fuel production reached 19.5 billion gallons (73.9 billion liters).[2]

    Ethanol is widely used in Brazil and in the United States, and together both countries were responsible for 89 percent of the world’s ethanol fuel production in 2009.[2] Most cars on the road today in the U.S. can run on blends of up to 10% ethanol,[3] and the use of 10% ethanol gasoline is mandated in some U.S. states and cities. Since 1976 the Brazilian government has made it mandatory to blend ethanol with gasoline, and since 2007 the legal blend is 25% ethanol and 75% gasoline (known as E25).[4] In addition, by late 2009 Brazil had a fleet of more than 9 million flexible-fuel vehicles regularly using pure ethanol fuel (known as E100).[5][6]


    And a couple of guys – perhaps you’ve heard of them – Diesel and Ford – they predicted it would one day be THE fuel of the future:

    “Why use the forests which were centuries in the making and the mines which required ages to lay down, if we can get the equivalent of forest and mineral products in the annual growth of the fields?” -Henry Ford (53)

    In a 1912 speech, Rudolf Diesel said “the use of vegetable oils for engine fuels may seem insignificant today, but such oils may become, in the course of time, as important as petroleum and the coal-tar products of the present time.” (56) Henry Ford designed the Ford Model T, a car produced between 1903 and 1926, to run on either gasoline or ethanol. (57) Ford was reported to have said; “There is fuel in every bit of vegetable matter that can be fermented. There’s enough alcohol in one year’s yield of an acre of potatoes to drive the machinery necessary to cultivate the fields for a hundred years.” (58)


    “Or how do you propose to produce ethanol?”

    Educating the public and putting pressure on our rulers to switch subsides from non-sustainable to sustainable energy.

    “30,000 gallons?”

    Yeah … if you clicked on the links I provided you might get the reference:


    “It is disgusting to see you weigh in and try to capture a little political ground riding the wave of outrage.”

    You’re not the most observant critic I’ve ever had … notice the date on my hemp ethanol article? It says “2008”. I did this show on hemp fuel for Pot TV back in 2005:


    And I have potshot magazines that go back to the early 1990’s that have lots on hemp fuel in them. I actually care about the planet – an environmental disaster is the biggest buzz kill around.

    You’re the douchnozzle that’s “wildly distorting’ science, not me.

    Go back to school and gather a few more facts before you come here and attack me again … you just weren’t prepared. You didn’t know your stuff.

  3. Big Baby Jesus on

    I hate to burst your bubble, but cellulosic fermentation is not poised to overtake petroleum yet. Solid-state cellulosic fermentation, which happens to be what I conducted research on while in college, has never been conducted on commercial scale anywhere in the world as far as I know. Or how do you propose to produce ethanol?
    30,000 gallons? Who are you to try and say what anyone facility will hold as inventory? Utter nonsense.
    I get so sick of this sort of rhetoric. “I want cannabis legalized so I can smoke all I want and not be harassed, or just because it should be anyhow, so I will wildly distort science to make it seem as if cannabis can cure everything from the common cold to teenage pregnancy.” It is disgusting to see you weigh in and try to capture a little political ground riding the wave of outrage.
    Is cannabis a useful plant, that should be re-legalized? Sure. It is an energy panacea? Sorry…
    P.S. don’t shoot the messenger for pointing out the title of this entry to your blog is fucking stupid

  4. Anonymous on

    America is the #1 obese country in the world, we currently JAIL 1/3 of our own population for minor drug offenses such as cannabis, the PRISON INDUSTRY is huge and in bed with “big OIL” , the #1 cause of DEATH in god ole USA is “heart attack” from obesity. If people would get off their fucking phat asses and walk soomwhere we would’nt need all the oil to fuel their fhat fucking asses around! That said, if we are going to fuel AMERICA’s FAT FUCKING ASSES around, then we should be using “METHANOL” from hemp, HEMP HEMP HEMP is the goddamn answer, but the lobbyist from BIG OIL and PHARM and Prison, and plastics and etc, just don’t want HEMP to be the next “BIG OIL”. which it would once the innovations are in place and the infrastructure to process it.

    Big oil, has it’s head so far up congress and the PREZ”s ass, that no one can see. BIG oil = BIG LOBBYIST MONEY< take that out of the equation then you have an independant congressmen not being paid off, no pay off would mean "real things" might someday happen, till then , OIL is going to control AMERICA.

  5. David Malmo-Levine on

    “Geez, I hate to be a dick and point out obvious stuff, like it is extremely difficult to separate ethanol and water, because they form what is known in chemistry as an azeotrope (that’s one of the reasons booze is never sold pure). So…it wouldn’t all evaporate.”

    So what we’re talking about is a tiny mess of 30,000 gallons on land that mostly evaporates vs. a dirty spill with millions and millions of gallons at see. Smallest mess vs. the largest mess. Don’t be a dick and miss the point entirely.

    “The idea is to move away from combustion as a source of energy, since we have relied upon it since the dawn of civilization. The big question is, how?”

    No, the big question isn’t how … the big question is what do we do in the short term with all the gas-tank cars until we can switch over to non-combustion transportation for 8 billion people or so. How is easy … how is just investing in renewable non-combustion energy sources … wind, wave, sun and geothermal. Hemp ethanol is there to buy us some time and allow people to slowly phase out their combustion vehicles by making small alterations to their engines so that they don’t have to throw out their entire vehicle while our solar trains and electric buses/trucks/cars and bike lanes (for 8 billion) are built.

    “Vilify BP all you want, …”

    Will do.

    “…the fault lies with Transocean for modifying their BOP without consulting the manufacturer, thus rendering it inoperable.”

    There’s a lot of shit-stains that made money and took responsibility … I think the more money they made the greater blame they now will take.

    “The sad truth is, we NEED petroleum for fuel until one of you genius stoners gets off your ass and comes up with a better chemical reaction to fuel society than combustion…”

    Did you read the article I wrote on hemp ethanol? There’s a link in the blog above. You should really read it. It IS a better solution than regular oil wells and nuclear power plants – neither of which are a carbon sink.

    The problem isn’t really combustion … because if you grow your fuel with hemp it IS a carbon sink – 30% of the carbon goes back into the soil in the leaves and roots. We can work on improving ethanol until there’s no waste and no pollution at all and/or we can eventually switch over to public transportation, bike lanes and battery powered vehicles.

  6. Big Baby Jesus on

    Geez, I hate to be a dick and point out obvious stuff, like it is extremely difficult to separate ethanol and water, because they form what is known in chemistry as an azeotrope (that’s one of the reasons booze is never sold pure). So…it wouldn’t all evaporate. The idea is to move away from combustion as a source of energy, since we have relied upon it since the dawn of civilization. The big question is, how? Solar and wind are great, but the sun don’t shine, and the wind seldom blows after dark, so how do you store it? Vilify BP all you want, the fault lies with Transocean for modifying their BOP without consulting the manufacturer, thus rendering it inoperable. The sad truth is, we NEED petroleum for fuel until one of you genius stoners gets off your ass and comes up with a better chemical reaction to fuel society than combustion…

  7. Kelly Wood on

    I completely agree 100% with your short statement. Is anyone looking at the adverse effects this damage is doing do the families affected? I love my country, but I think my government show be completely re-vamped. We have really done nothing to BETTER our society. The U.S. government continues to get itself into more trouble and their is no recourse of action for this. Why isn’t anyone getting the blame put on them? When it comes down to it, nobody wants to be held responsible, which makes sense because then they would lose their jobs. I get so angry just thinking about how situations like this oil spill are handled, it really makes me think if the people “in charge”(whatever that means) are just turning their heads. Well guess what you bunch of nazi-fascist, this is your Earth to so how about you wake up and stop killing your future grand children, or maybe you just should die and let natural selection weed out the weak. We don’t need your monkey-suit types screwing up this beautiful planet that I call home. Enjoy your short pathetic lives. MONEY IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL.


  8. PabloKoh on

    Ethanol is actually used to clean up exhaust gasses in most gasoline blends. It causes gasoline to be burned more completely. It reduces NOX, CO and hydrocarbon emissions. The chemical researched in the study was acetaldehyde. It is released in quantities of up to 3x greater than gasoline in old engines not designed to run on ethanol. It is thought to be carcinogenic because of studies of high doses in lab rats. Acetaldehyde is nowhere near as bad as benzene, toluene or xylene that are all found in today’s gasoline supply. Don’t believe big oil funded studies, they all tend to favor (imagine that!)the continued use of gasoline.

  9. Adam on

    C H E R N O B Y L .

    Three Mile Island.

    I don’t like nuclear power.

    But I still have to make a point about encapsulation; it’s really, really short sighted and rude to planet Earth to bury that crap in concrete under the earth. I’ve heard all about that, and it reeks of “I’ll be dead before you can blame me.” It just sounds like something BP or Transocean would do.

    China has found a way to re-enrich the <25% active uranium waste and has developed nuclear reactors which will use it DOWN TO 1% activity!!!!!

    It's more expensive technology, but we owe it to every single person who has ever developed, died of, or lost somebody to cancer to spend that money if we use any more nuclear power. And follow that money for once...

    But we don't have to power our grid with giant atomic bombs in the middle of our cities.

  10. Adam on

    And someday I might even have to buy a bike.

    As for transport of large goods, yes another solution is needed. But not one that sits in our driveways 90% of the time, which often only serves to get us to work that extra bit earlier, so we can pay off that automobile loan.

    So when a bike or a pair of feet won’t work, we could rely on city transport, taxi cabs (yes still a portion of the original problem.)

    Our attitudes toward getting around could be adjusted. I walk in total two hours a day, FAST, just to and from school once. I pass about 300 drivers along my highway route, along the overpasses and past the bridge. Sometimes I see them anew and I have to laugh at them, they are like ants.

  11. David Malmo-Levine on

    “Anyone got an argument against that?!”

    Ummm … most engines are not diesel engines. I’m not sure but is it less difficult to convert a gas-powered car to run on pure ethanol than it is to convert such a car to run on diesel?

    From my article:

    Make your own biofuels:

    The process isn’t quite rocket science, but involves many steps and many choices. For diesel-powered car drivers, one must decide if one is a) using the oil just as it is — usually called SVO fuel (straight vegetable oil); b) mixing it with kerosene (paraffin) or petroleum diesel fuel, or with biodiesel, or blend it with a solvent, or with gasoline; or c) converting it to biodiesel. For regular gas-power car drivers, there are gasification and distillation processes that could turn any plant matter into fuel. Large car companies are already producing ethanol-friendly vehicles. Some sources describe the adjustments to the engine required to convert a gas-powered car into an
    ethanol-powered one as “minor”, others as “extremely complicated”. As more and more people make such adjustments, they should become easier and less costly. These methods are too detailed to explain here, but there are many good resources on the internet where you can learn to make your own biofuels.

    Then I list some websites … but the fucking spam filter on this website prevents me from sharing them in the comment section so just click on my original article on hemp ethanol found in the bog up top to see which websites I link to.

  12. Anonymous on

    BP should be seized their is no way that company is worth all the damage they are causing,so their assets should be held and given to the affected people but more importantly the restoration of the environment.

  13. Anonymous on

    Ethanol is just alcohol, usually distilled from corn in modern industry. It is environmentally sound, in that natural products are used and no pollution is made in its creation. Byproducts of burning ethanol are water vapor and CO2. Grow hemp to consume the CO2, and use a bit of the ethanol to put it back.

    However, I don’t think we should burn just pure ethanol, as most gasoline engines can’t really handle pure ethanol. Instead, ethanol should be added to bio-diesel (as it has to anyways) made from recycled vegetable-based oils. Kill two birds with one stone!

    Anyone got an argument against that?!

  14. Hoam Rogh on

    Start the state legalizations this fall in CA, then CO, then read this to kill the federal prohibition

  15. David Malmo-Levine on

    Electric vehicles will have to plug into a socket. Where will the original energy come from? Solar? Wind? Wave? Geothermal? I doubt it. Here in BC we have lots of hydro-electric dams, but we’re the exception, not the rule. The batteries will most likely be charged with energy that comes from the current grid – from coal and nuclear energy. Yuck – dirty dirty dirty.

    And where will you get all the materials required to switch 200 million vehicles to battery power? And where will you get all the materials required to create enough batteries for two hundred million vehicles? Did you think this one through?

    Hemp ethanol will be much easier to switch over to. The engine only needs a minor adjustment – far less than switching over to batteries. You can still keep the original gas tank. More people will be able to afford to make the switch, which means the switch-over will be more universal and thus more effective.

    And the hemp ethanol spills will be tiny compared with the oil spills – 30,000 gallons instead of millions and millions. And the pollution will be small compared with the pollution that comes with nuclear energy or the oil wars going on these days (Google “depleted uranium” to see what I’m talking about). And unlike batteries, hemp takes C02 out of the atmosphere as it grows so it reverses the greenhouse effect.

    Basically I remain unconvinced by your “fuck ethanol” argument … come back when you have some facts and can answer my questions.

  16. Dick Diamond on

    Your right ethanol would evaporate and turn into a gas and rise up into the atmosphere, creating you guessed it, pollution.

    Fuck Ethanol it’s not as efficient as gas and it causes pollution too despite what it’s backers say it will never be a viable alternative when electric hybrid vehicles and just straight electric vehicles are picking up steam and are backed by powers you cant compete with.

  17. David Malmo-Levine on

    “Why live in the pre-Einstein dark ages of burning hydrocarbons for energy? That makes CO2.”

    Yes, but unlike oil rigs and nuclear power plants, hemp fields take more CO2 out of the air than they put into it:

    “Each crop produces as much oxygen as it will later produce of CO2 if every bit of it is burned as fuel, creating a balanced cycle. Furthermore, hemp deposits 10 percent of its mass in the soil as roots and up to 30 percent as leaves which drop during the growing season. This means that some 20 to 40 percent more oxygen can be produced each season than will later be consumed as fuel – a net gain in clean air. Call it a “reverse greenhouse effect”.” -Chris Conrad, “Hemp – Lifeline to the Future”, (122)

  18. fw on

    i just like any alt energy ideas
    the peswiki site is good
    here is a link to a search
    also current on peswiki
    “Toyota, the world’s largest automaker, is teaming up Tesla Motors Inc”
    “Stock exchange rejects ‘quantum free energy’ company – Dr. Kiril Chukanov, a Bulgarian scientist in Canada who claims to be harnessing the power of ball lightning”
    ball light guy was also on abovetopsecret
    so was
    The catalytic converter conspiracy

  19. David Malmo-Levine on

    …. you would have noticed the part about your guy Dr. David Pimentel having been shown to be a complete and total fraud:

    The evil Dr. Pimental:

    If the above-mentioned sources say hemp ethanol and non-hemp ethanol are so affordable, then why do so many sources claim otherwise? Apparently, the source for this other view comes from a single report from Dr. David Pimentel of Cornell University. He claims that bioethanol has a “negative net energy value”. It turns out that this is a well-publicized myth. In fact, Pimental’s findings are flawed and disproved by other studies. (32)

    hemp-ethanol dot blogspot dot com/2008/01/references dot html

    As for all the pollution you claim that ethanol produces (and yet the evidence for this claim is strangely missing from your lightweight Larouche offering) … here’s the science on that:

    “His study showed that the city would experience a 9 percent increase in the rate of ozone-related respiratory deaths — 120 more deaths per year — compared with what would have been projected in 2020 assuming continued gasoline use …. Jacobson’s study, however, concluded that the cancer-causing effects of ethanol would be roughly comparable to those of gasoline.”

    sfgate dot com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2007/04/18/MNG7EPAN601.DTL#ixzz0omDWJjJU

    OOOOOOO …. 120 more deaths per year! And that’s without researching ways to reduce the pollutants in ethanol.

    Now compare that with all the deaths per year from oil wars (what are we at now, 100,000? More?). Obviously the solution is to switch from oil to hemp ethanol while at the same time switching from cars to trains and bikes.

    So much for your lie about “we would all die within about 20 years due to the poisonous gases given off due to combustion of said ethanol”.

    Now … about your other lie … “Nuclear is best”:

    Opponents believe that nuclear power poses many threats to people and the environment[95][96][97]. These threats include the problems of processing, transport and storage of radioactive nuclear waste, the risk of nuclear weapons proliferation and terrorism, as well as health risks and environmental damage from uranium mining.[98][99] They also contend that reactors themselves are enormously complex machines where many things can and do go wrong, and there have been many serious nuclear accidents.[100][101] Critics do not believe that the risks of using nuclear fission as a power source can be offset through the development of new technology. They also argue that when all the energy-intensive stages of the nuclear fuel chain are considered, from uranium mining to nuclear decommissioning, nuclear power is not a low-carbon electricity source.[102][103][104]


  20. Anonymous on

    Why live in the pre-Einstein dark ages of burning hydrocarbons for energy? That makes CO2. Hydrogen only makes water vapor. You can encapsulate Uranium in composite materials so they release their radiation at a controlled rate. http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1G1-80206585.html
    People are still thinking of the old “rod” technology. More nukes, more nukes, everybody…

  21. one12alpha on

    What ever happened to the transportation dangling from your waste? It ridiculous to watch people drive less than a block to the next department store. The way things have gone with the automotive industry, and the way we’ve become so dependent on them, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a drive through wal-mart some day…

    Really though, any change from what we’ve been currently at is a plus side.

    If Nikola Tesla would have had things his way, every thing would be electric. Including cars, and there’d be little need for batteries. Check it out, its a fascinating part of history that came to effect us every day.

  22. Anonymous on

    Wow, a LaRouchie! I thought you freaks had all disappeared in shame.

  23. Anonymous on

    You sure know how to cite your sources, Bunky! Good work!

  24. Anonymous on

    Actually, there has been a private study done that shows if we were to go burning nothing but Ethanol instead of refined crude that we would all die within about 20 years due to the poisonous gases given off due to combustion of said ethanol. For automobiles, burning of any fuel is going to cause untold damage to our planet, therefore another solution needs to found, and the massive pollution created from the making of batteries for electric vehicles is not the solution either.