CEI has compared one such provision¡ªthe expanded ethanol mandate¡ªwith the ANWR provision for potential energy production. Using government data, CEI estimates that the Senate's expanded ethanol mandate, which would require approximately 16 million acres of corn to be planted each year to produce 5 billion gallons of ethanol, could produce the same amount of energy as the USGS mean estimate of ANWR's energy reserves in 580 years. The calculations are explained below.
"ANWR may be a 'drop in the bucket' as Leonardo Di Caprio and other environmentalists claim, but it is a pretty big drop compared to what the environmentalists are trying to sell to the American people. The fact that it would take 580 years of growing corn on 16 million acres, an area larger than West Virginia, to produce enough ethanol to equal the probable amount of energy in ANWR reveals that the environmentalists are not serious. Their renewable energy proposals are fantasies designed to conceal their real agenda, which is to force Americans to use much less energy," said Myron Ebell, CEI¡¯s director of global warming policy.
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10.4 billion barrels of crude oil (U. S. Geological Survey estimates 5.7 to 16 billion barrels with a mean estimate of 10.4.)
5 billion gallons per year
U. S. Department of Agriculture estimates that it will take 16 million acres of corn production to produce 5 billion gallons of ethanol per year (based on 2.5 gallons per bushel and 125 bushels per acre), an area slightly larger than the State of West Virginia.
The Senate's expanded ethanol mandate will require growing corn on 16 million acres for 580 years (for a total of 9.28 billion acres planted to corn, an area nearly four times the size of the United States) to produce ethanol equivalent in energy to the recoverable crude oil estimated to be contained in ANWR.
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