Over the past couple of weeks there have been quite a number of stories passed onto this newspaper via e-mail offered by people who say that ethanol is not a feasible alternate energy source.

They cite the cost of production, the lack of raw material (grain), basically noting that the conversion from field to car is not efficient.

It seems that in most of these stories, that’s about all that is addressed. Those who prepared the stories did not come right out and say that this should not deter the search for alternate energy.

First, it would seem somewhat premature to say that it’s not feasible when we do not even have a national major initiative toward energy independence in the magnitude of that initiative that sent us to the moon.

And let’s just say that it is not “the answer.” Could it be part of the answer.

And shouldn’t those who pooh pooh the idea occasionally offer some other ideas and perhaps uplift the potential of solar, biodiesel and wind energy? And don’t forget hydrogen power. As well, electric cars likely will have a prominent place in our future.

It stands to reason that if we should seek to rescue our nation from the clutches of fossil fuels and their tendencies to lead us into international quagmires, then a multi-faceted approach is logical.

Or could the naysayers have ulterior motives for debunking one unit of a multi-front challenge without spending much time on the broader subject?

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