I recently read the interesting Alcohol Can Be Gas, which more or less flies in the face of the usual ethanol opinion, which is that it can only be destructive, wasteful, and has no potential to scale up for replacing the world's gas use.
I'm wondering what fellow permies think of David Blume's approach (ethanol production, when done in a permie way, can easily replace gas and not take up too much growing room).
Most permies and transition town types seem to think we have no ability to replace the fast-disappearing oil we rely on, and imagine a future without many of the luxuries and technologies fueled by gas.
Practical Experience With Small Scale Ethanol?
The second half of this is wondering if small-scale farms of say 5-10 acres could produce enough great ethanol-suitable plants for a small-scale distiller to supply the farm with its fuel needs.
In the future I plan to buy a 5-acre farm in the tropics and plant it as a diverse food forest for myself. I'm wondering if it's realistic to be able to get enough of one type of good crop to make ethanol to fuel a car or truck I would own.
Anyone produce ethanol on a small farm?