The Threat of Energy Independence

Hemp has untapped market as biofuel, Pikeville businessman says

But the advantages from hemp would be exponentially greater, Ford said, because hemp oil from seeds could be used for aviation fuel and biodiesel. Other parts of the plant — such as the “hurds” from the woody middle of the stalk — could be used for cellulosic ethanol.

Ford said the biomass also could be blended with Kentucky’s high-sulfur coal to “green” it up.

“We’re working with coal companies right now on a strategy for post-mining land use to add value to the land and create jobs,” Ford said.

Ever wonder why hemp is really illegal?

Hemp: The Presidential Plant

Hemp: The Detoxifying Herb That Even George Washington Grew

Hemp was, at one time, as American as apple pie. The first currency was printed on hemp paper. Hemp flour, hemp oil, hemp seeds and hemp fiber were an invaluable part of American society. The English colonists at Jamestown cultivated hemp in the 1600’s and used the fiber for rope, clothing, linen, rugs and even sails. No doubt hemp seed and oil were an integral part of the early settlement kitchen and medicine cabinet. Thomas Jefferson and George Washington both grew hemp.

President Washington urged his fellow citizens to “Make the most of Indian Hemp seed and sow it everywhere.”
President Jefferson declared “Hemp is of first necessity to the wealth & protection of the country.”

But what do they know?

Hemp For Victory Petition

We the People: Support Industrial Hemp

If you’re tired of government gridlock and looking for real solutions to our economic problems, this is your lucky day!

PLEASE SIGN AND PASS ON THIS WHITE HOUSE PETITION supporting bipartisan efforts for real agricultural reform. The economic potential of industrial hemp for every state of our union is huge, and closer than ever to becoming a reality, but we need 100,000 signatures in the next 30 days to get a response from the White House. So, stop complaining about the economy and tell Congress and the White House to DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!

Seriously. Do it. Left Wing or Right Wing. Red State or Blue State. Hemp could be the first Trillion Dollar Crop.

Can hemp save the economy?

The American hemp industry, revived in the 1990s in a wave of cannabis-fueled environmentalism, now sells $450 million a year of products from hemp-oil soap to hemp-coned speakers for guitar amplifiers, according to an industry trade group. Yet all the raw material used for these products, from fiber to hempseed oil, has to be imported, as it’s still illegal to grow hemp in the United States.

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Heart of seeds

Introducing Kestrel, The First Road-Ready Car Built Out Of Hemp

By Steven Kotler

Popular Science
2/17/2011

Marijuana’s fibrous cousin hemp has a long history with auto makers. in 1941 Henry Ford unveiled a car body made primarily out of organic fibers, hemp included. seventy years later, the world’s first production-ready biocomposite electric car—with hemp as the “bio”—will finally hit the streets. The Kestrel, a three-door hatchback, is made of a “hemp composite as strong as the fiberglass in boats, yet incredibly lightweight,” says Nathan Armstrong, the president of Motive industries, Kestrel’s manufacturer.

Whereas a comparably sized Ford Fusion weighs 3,720 pounds, the Kestrel will be just 2,500 pounds with the battery. this “might be the sweet spot for electric vehicles,” Armstrong says, because the car’s low tonnage means a fuel-efficiency increase of 25 to 30 percent.

To make this resilient, lightweight compound, hemp stalks are combed and rolled into a mat that is infused with a polymer resin. the hemp makes the biocomposite’s flexibility similar to the carbon fiber used in racecars.
Hemp grows fast and it’s cheap, which should keep the Kestrel’s production price around $25,000. A prototype is nearly complete, Armstrong says, and Motive plans to have thousands of its hemp-mobiles on the road by 2012.

Electric Hemp Car

The End of Oil: On the Edge of a Perilous New World

By Paul Roberts

From the Inside Cover:

Petroleum is now so deeply entrenched in our economy, our politics, and our personal expectations that even modest efforts to phase it out are fought tooth and nail by the most powerful forces in the world: companies and governments that depend on oil revenues; the developing nations that see oil as the only means to industrial success; and a Western middle class that refuses to modify its energy dependent lifestyle.

But within thiry years, by even conservative estimates, we will have burned our way through most of the oil that is easily accessible. And well before then [like, NOW] the side effects of an oil based society – economic voliatility, geopolitical conflict, and the climate chhanging impact of hydrocarbon pollution – will render fossil fuels an all but unacceptable solution.

How will we break oour addiction to oil? And what will we use in its place to maintaon a global economy and political system that are entirely reliant on cheap, redily available energy?