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NOW IS THE TIME to Push Ron Paul's Industrial Hemp Bill, HR 1866!!

I believe the recent and growing oil spill disaster, has created an opportunity to TRULY get passage of Ron Paul's Industrial Hemp Bill. This disaster could very well be the worst in history, and the American public is going to be very open for suggestions on alternatives.

On April 2, 2009 Rep. Ron Paul introduced H.R. 1866, the "Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2007," with ten original co-sponsors: Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Wm. Lacy Clay (D-MO), Barney Frank (D-MA), Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ), Maurice Hinchey (D-NY), Tom McClintock (R-CA), George Miller (D-CA), Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Pete Stark (D-CA), and Lynn Woolsey (D-CA).

You would think that if the Govt. TRULY cared about the environment, and reducing dependency on foreign oil, that it would be supporting this bill.

I see a perfect storm of public demand, and the politicians need to publicly support a viable energy alternative besides nuclear, to try and save their endangered careers.

The passing of this bill could seemingly solve our energy crisis, create new jobs, and boost our economy. This alternative energy program could be implemented in MONTHS not YEARS.

I think we can USE THIS OPPORTUNITY, to push for action on this bill, JUST like we have on HR 1207, and S 604.

Here is a sample of the benefits using hemp.

  • Farming 6% of the continental U.S. acreage with biomass crops would provide all of America's energy needs.
  • Hemp is Earth's number-one biomass resource; it is capable of producing 10 tons per acre in four months.
  • Biomass can be converted to methane, methanol, or gasoline at a cost comparable to petroleum, and hemp is much better for the environment. Pyrolysis (charcoalizing), or biochemical composting are two methods of turning hemp into fuel.
  • Hemp can produce 10 times more methanol than corn.
  • Hemp fuel burns clean. Petroleum causes acid rain due to sulfur pollution.
  • The use of hemp fuel does not contribute to global warming.

www.hempcar.org/hempfacts.shtml

Here is more info on Ron Paul's bill, and ALL OF THE TOOLS YOU NEED TO MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD. This organization (Vote Hemp) seems to be at the forefront of the fight, to get this most valuable commodity to market.

www.votehemp.com

Lotus Eco Elise car made with hemp
(This car is kick @$$)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRysD6TuhHU

Here is a video of Henry Ford's car made of Hemp. Watch them hit the body panel with a hammer and it bounce back.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxlj6fgQ-ZU

I know that the grassroots can make this happen. Look at what has happened with progress on auditing the Fed.
We should make this a priority. This will only take 30 minutes of your time.

This is nothing to feel silly about. This is a viable SOLUTION to the mess we have gotten ourselves in.

Here is a one page white paper explaining most of the benefits of this amazing plant.
http://www.votehemp.com/PDF/Why_Industrial_Hemp.pdf

Fuel is only ONE use for it. You can make animal and human food, textiles, building materials, paper, body care, and so much more. Over 55 different industries that could be revolutionized by hemp production.

We HAVE to:
Educate Ourselves.
Call and or email our representatives.
Send them this info.
Let Ron Paul know we're ready to give this bill the same support.
Facebook.
Alert campaign For Liberty
Tea Party Groups
Comment sections.
Discussion forums.
Call talk radio.
Start the buzz.

This oil disaster is not going away anytime soon. The time has NEVER BEEN MORE RIPE for this country to GROW UP, and BREAK the grip of big oil, big banks, and the general suppression of viable solutions based on needless fear.

We have taken on the Fed. We might as well take on big oil while we're at it. I know these are lofty goals, but we are not one to shy away from these giants.

The ball is in your court. The time is right.

Put farmers and industry to work!!

PLANT BABY PLANT !!!

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Happy New Year Cannabis/Hemp!

We'll be seeing more of each other in 2011!

And never forget, “Humans, despite our artistic pretensions, our sophistication and many accomplishments, owe the fact of our existence to a six-inch layer of topsoil and the fact that it rains.”

Hey Jefferson

Let's get up a petition for our respective districts on HEMP...I'm setting up a petition to eliminate property taxes in Texas, to be signed by all the people in my state reps district. I could just add it to my petition as a while we're at it. I'd like to start a business refining the hemp and making fuel. I also like the seeds they're good food. Email me at riceowlex@gmail.com

Just one last kick in the nuts, then a final deathblow

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is there a recorded hemp spill in history?

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Okay

I work with racing engine technology, and am very familiar with the use of alcohols as fuels.

There are some distinct advantages aside from what Jefferson listed above.

First, alcohol is "high octane". This allows vehicles to run higher compression in the engines without knocking(detonation), which creates a higher level of efficiency in producing more power from the fuel. This higher level of efficiency also burns the fuel better, producing less unwanted emissions to a certain degree.

Secondly, alcohol(especially methanol) has a very high "latent heat of evaporation", which means that the engine will run cooler when using methanol fuel, or other alcohols with high LHE, and water has the highest LHE level but it is not a fuel in normal form.
So, methanol is the best fuel for alcohols, in terms of high level of latent heat of evaporation.
A cooler running engine requires less work from the cooling system, and this can be exploited to use less power up in cooling system pumping, and also reduce weight of the related parts.

However, alcohol is less dense in BTU capacity than gasoline, so it takes more alcohol to run the engine than gasoline.
Methanol requires approximately 80-90% more fuel in the mixture than gasoline. Ethanol requires about 50% more fuel in the mixture than gasoline, to make best power air/fuel ratios.
This means that alcohol delivers less miles per gallon, by a fairly substantial percentage. However, if properly utilized, the power gains from the alcohol mix could partially off-set the increase in fuel used.

So, the bottom line is that you could go faster, run cooler, and use more fuel per mile with alcohol.
With proper exploitation of these characteristics, you could probably make a more efficient vehicle, despite the fuel density issue.
However, there are no benefits seen, if you don't build the engine to take advantage of the fuel characteristics. If you just run alcohol in your existing engine, you will not benefit to any extent, and just use more fuel because of the lower fuel density requiring more fuel in the fuel/air mix.

Many racers today on the street or even on the strip, where "street fuels from the pump" are required by racing classes, Ethanol E85 is the choice for power. You can buy it at the gas station, and it has about 105 octane or more. You can run a much higher compression on 105 than you can on 93. Racers love it.

Problems are that it is corrosive to certain metals.
Aluminum gets eaten up by these alcohols, leading eventually to the destruction of whatever these alcohol fuels are traveling in, such as aluminum fuel tanks, fuel lines, intake systems, etc.
Additionally, the alcohols are very absorptive of water. And water is also corrosive on steel parts when air is present. Rust.
So the best way to approach this is to use stainless steel fuel tanks and fuel lines, and have certain inexpensive protective coatings in any aluminum parts of the engine that would have exposure.
Because of the water-absorptive nature of alcohols, it's best to have a recirculating fuel system which is basically sealed from the atmosphere as well as possible. Otherwise the alcohol becomes water-saturated and this causes problems with "gelling" of the fuel, and other issues. Most racers drain their tanks and flush the system between races.
Another problem with alcohol is cold-starting. Alcohol fuels don't cold-start very well in temps below 60*F.
So, it can become an issue in cooler climates.
E85 seems to be better in this regard because there is 15% gasoline in there,which can help starting in cold weather.

Bottom line is that alcohol fuels have great benefits, IF you exploit them by building your engine and fuel system accordingly.
You will use more fuel per mile, and cold-starting may be a problem.

Big T

Not only do I agree with 99% of your positions here (had to leave 1% for safe measure), I now learn you are a fellow gearhead. You are just too cool. Wish we lived closer.

Thanks for the info.

I caught the tail end of a show on History Channel the other night, and they were talking about breaking plant cellulose down into alcohol based fuels.

They were talking about using "switchgrass" as it is native to this land, and is in abundance. The whole time I was wondering "What about Hemp?"

They ended off by saying that the technology was at least 15 years away, blah, blah.

I call BS on that. I think it could be implemented MUCH sooner , and that the technology has been suppressed by big oil.

You see all of these commercials where Exxon is researching fuels from algae etc. I think they are sitting on it on purpose. There is already a guy in El Paso that has successfully made fuels from algae. He is on youtube.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OebPtG6J-dg

As far as the cold starting issue. I have seen tank heaters for vehicles using the "fryer grease" diesel, because it starts to harden up in the tank in cold weather. I don't see why something couldn't be used for the alcohol based vehicle.

I am already seeing commercials on the MSM using this oil spill to push clean energy. Wind, solar, etc.

There seem like SO many alternatives, and the snails pace that they are being worked on is infuriating.

I don't see why at least Rand Paul doesn't take advantage of this, as it seems like a lot of heritage, and activism comes from Kentucky farmers.

Jefferson,

The issues involving cold starting can be easily overcome, and a pre-heater could be easily used in cold weather starting.
Once the manifold gets warmed up, then it's not a problem.

As I see it, the main issues are not really technological, but are distribution related.
For example, many gear-heads would like to run E85 for power, but they can't find it everywhere. So, if you are driving around and run low on fuel, and you can't find a station with E85 at the pump, then you're screwed.

If E85 was everywhere, then there would be alot of car makers and gear-heads building their vehicles to run on E85. If the engines were built to exploit the fuel, then there would be alot of 12:1 compression engines running around again, like there used be "back in the day".
Problem is, that if you build the engine to exploit the fuel, and then you can't find the fuel at a pump, you have to have your car towed because you can't find fuel that can run in your engine with 12:1 pistons in it.
So, what some hot-rodders are doing with their modern cars, is building the engine for E85 and then programming their ECU to have an "alternate program" which changes the map to smaller fuel pulses and retarded ignition curves when they switch to that map, so that if you "have to" put normal gas into the car, you can limp along until you can find a place with E85 to fill up with. If you get caught out, without any E85 to fill up with, you just switch the ECU program, put in a couple gallons of premium, and look for another gas station that has E85. When you find some, you can fill up, and switch the ECU back to original programming.

I only have one place around my location which has E85. I'd be afraid to make a big change in my engine that I wasn't sure that I could find fuel for, when I need to travel to unknown places.

I believe that all the technological stuff is relatively easily solved.
Getting the actual switch to these fuels being available at every gas station might be another matter.

Heh!
Yeah, I'm a gear-head, and I'm sure we'd have some great times together, Jefferson.
Alot of similar views!

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Thanks for the concise and clear

tutorial.

Very well explained BigT

Every different fuel has it's own unique set of problems that have to be addressed in design and engineering to produce max thermal efficiency.
Storage of alternative fuels have always been a problem to be dealt with,LNG being one of the worst for long term storage.
As a Mechanical engineer I have been battling these facts for a long time,There is just not an instant cure as far as different fuels go.

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

Alcohol can be a gas!

With alcohol fuel, you can become energy independent, reverse global warming, and survive Peak Oil in style. Alcohol fuel is "liquid sunshine" and can't be controlled by transnational corporations. You can produce alcohol for less than $1 a gallon, using a wide variety of plants and waste products, from algae to stale donuts. It's a much better fuel than gasoline, and you can use it in your car, right now.

http://www.alcoholcanbeagas.com/

And never forget, “Humans, despite our artistic pretensions, our sophistication and many accomplishments, owe the fact of our existence to a six-inch layer of topsoil and the fact that it rains.”

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GREAT IDEA!!!

I always thought ...that what if masses of people just started planting hemp virtually everywhere..especially on public lands... The "authorities" could not stop it all..and over time the "weed-hemp" would become more and more accepted....

Think Johnny Appleseed...only with hemp.

heres a pic of what it looks like
http://www.nimbinwave.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2009/...

thats an interesting concept.

thats an interesting concept. Its getting the seeds that can be a problem. Its a federal offense to sell the seeds too.

Honestly Id rather they just legalize it so I can start growing it and using the byproducts.

Yes legalize it ASAP!!!

I did not know that the seeds alone are illegal.... damn. :(

Well not in Canada.... or your local Indian Nation... nor Vermont, North Dakota, or Oregon ....

more soon to follow!!

spread the word

today I was talking to an employee about books I was reading "End the Fed" and we got into a discussion about politics. Eventually I brought up that we should legalize hemp. Threw out some facts I saw here. We both agreed we should legalize marijuana even though both of us don't even smoke. I told her that having hemp as a product would allow us to export as well as export marijuana. Not that im saying we will, but this country is too service job oriented and not enough manufacturing *thanks Peter Schiff*.

I feel so much more confident about 2012. We just need to spread the word with an open mind. Don't badger people, but have the info and spread the wealth of information that we have.

Great activism. Keep up the good work BMT.

@j@ we are at a tipping point, let's keep walking forward.

And never forget, “Humans, despite our artistic pretensions, our sophistication and many accomplishments, owe the fact of our existence to a six-inch layer of topsoil and the fact that it rains.”

US CA: World Hemp Expo Wins Permit In Tehama County

RED BLUFF - Tehama County officials granted a permit Tuesday for a Memorial Day weekend hemp festival -- with 17 conditions attached.
In recent weeks Will has been preparing her hay field for the hemp festival, which is set for Friday through Sunday and features a world marijuana film festival presented with the help of High Times magazine. The main events at the festival are live music, vendors, a world peace prayer circle and primitive camping.

http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v10/n389/a05.html

And never forget, “Humans, despite our artistic pretensions, our sophistication and many accomplishments, owe the fact of our existence to a six-inch layer of topsoil and the fact that it rains.”

Hemped Memorial Day

Hemped Memorial Day
The Hemp Movement has lost many veterans over the decades and this Memorial Day we'd like to say thanks to three of them. Their dynamic contributions are too great to fit on one blog post so google their names and learn about the power of one.

Sister Somayah Kambui
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4U8nqXE-ojs
Jack Herer
http://www.jackherer.com/
B.E. Smith
http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle-old/092/smith.shtml

http://h4v.blogspot.com/2010/05/hemped-memorial-day.html

And never forget, “Humans, despite our artistic pretensions, our sophistication and many accomplishments, owe the fact of our existence to a six-inch layer of topsoil and the fact that it rains.”

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I am going to get in touch with someone who knows RP's brother Wayne. Maybe we could put a bug in Ron and Rand's ear to push this as a solution.

I know there has got to be support in KY for this.

I think we should strike while the iron is hot.

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Excellect post...factual & compelling.

I would also suggest getting rid of the SUV's and get a regular A to B vehicle. Take the ego out of trasport.

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get rid of SUV'S? why? your

get rid of SUV'S? why? your personel choice?

“Defiance of God’s Law will eventually bring havoc to a society.” - Dr. Ron Paul

...Legalize It...

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RON2012PAUL...The r3VOLution continues...
"I always win"
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Los Angeles Global Marijuana March 2008

In 2008, 750,000 persons were arrested for marijuana related directives during 2000.
(yet Hillary and Obama voted for just the opposite)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysN-zGlN3gM&feature=related

And never forget, “Humans, despite our artistic pretensions, our sophistication and many accomplishments, owe the fact of our existence to a six-inch layer of topsoil and the fact that it rains.”

Goldman Sachs recently cited Jatropha curcas as one

of the best candidates for future biodiesel production. However, despite its abundance and use as an oil and reclamation plant, none of the Jatropha species has been properly domesticated and, as a result, its productivity is variable, and the long-term impact of its large-scale use on soil quality and the environment is unknown.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jatropha_oil

The question is the cost in Jatropha will be econmical viable or not due to the relatively very low yield (now) and the high labor cost involved in the cultivation (hand picking).

Hong Kong magnate Stanley Ho hopes to become one of the world’s top investors in biofuels, pledging nearly US$40 billion over the next ten years in biofuel production throughout Portugese-speaking countries. According to his firm’s estimates, Geocapital’s production is expected to reach 14 million tons per year within 10 to 15 years, roughly one-tenth worldwide production.
http://blog.sustainablog.org/westward-ho-hong-kong-tycoon-to...

Although each tree yields only one gallon of oil per year, scientists hope to increase the amount of fruit per tree and the percentage of oil from each seed. While China, Africa, Brazil and India have already planted millions of acres of jatropha trees, the United States is slowly investing in the plant.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/08/13/is-the-jatropha-see...

The story
Bryan Beer, a citrus grower in southwestern Florida, sees himself as a bit of a pioneer. He's not digging for gold. It's more like he's planting for oil.
He is planting a jatropha tree, a plant that can produce diesel fuel and could one day power a 747. His plans are a little less ambitious; he just wants to plant enough to run his tractors.

Watch CNN's video on the jatropha fruit as a dream fuel.
http://www.cnn.com/2008/LIVING/wayoflife/08/08/farmer.fuel/i...

And never forget, “Humans, despite our artistic pretensions, our sophistication and many accomplishments, owe the fact of our existence to a six-inch layer of topsoil and the fact that it rains.”

I looked at jatropha for a

I looked at jatropha for a possible fuel crop in my high-desert retirement home. Had to reject it.

A downside of jatropha is that it needs a LOT of water. Five times as much per unit fuel energy produced as sugarcane or corn. (And corn's thirst, significantly greater than an equivalent area of range grass, was a major contributor to the Dust Bowl.) That puts it in the "not here" category for my area (Nevada). (Might work in Michigan, though. B-) )

Hemp is a dry land plant. Haven't checked the fuel produced / water consumed ratio for it. But given jatropha's poor performance on that measure I'm not about to back off on relegalizing efforts due to this other plant's high fuel output per acre.

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"Obama’s Economists: ‘Stimulus’ Has Cost $278,000 per Job."

That means: For each job "created or saved" about five were destroyed.

Hemp also consumes less water than standard biofuels,

something needing to be taken seriously as agricultural irrigation consumes roughly three quarters the worlds fresh water.

Current biofuel favourite, Corn, produces only 25% more energy than it consumes to produce ethanol fuels, whereas Hemp produces 540% more energy than used during production. It's also one of the richest biomasses known, yielding 10 tons of biomass in 4 months. As mentioned previously, it also is extremely friendly on soils compared to current other biofuel favourites and is low on fertilizer. Current biofuel crops tend to use a lot of fertilizer, which together with fertilizer used in food production, contribute 14% to total greenhouse gas emissions, being the greatest single source of emission from agriculture. This figure is set to double by 2020. Hemp also consumes less water than standard biofuels, something needing to be taken seriously as agricultural irrigation consumes roughly three quarters the worlds fresh water. Biofuels might not be the answer to the world’s energy needs but could definitely supplement existing and emerging technologies and could empower rural communities through being able to meet the own fuel demands.
http://www.infinitehemp.com/abouthemp.html

And never forget, “Humans, despite our artistic pretensions, our sophistication and many accomplishments, owe the fact of our existence to a six-inch layer of topsoil and the fact that it rains.”

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Hemp as a Water & Soil Purification tool

Hemp can be used as a ‘mop crop’ to clear impurities out of wastewater and leech heavy metals from soil. Hemp is being used to clean contaminants at the Chernobyl nuclear disaster site.
http://www.infinitehemp.com/abouthemp.html

And never forget, “Humans, despite our artistic pretensions, our sophistication and many accomplishments, owe the fact of our existence to a six-inch layer of topsoil and the fact that it rains.”

We must never...

let a good "crisis" go to waste...to coin a phrase!