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USA has enough idle farmland to produce 500 billion (!!!!!) gallons of sugar beet ethanol a year
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from:

Potential for a Sugar Beet Ethanol Industry in Washington State: Report to the State Department of  Agriculture



Ethanol Production cost  $2.12
/ gallon    =   $64 / barrel of oil


We assume a sugar beet conversion rate of 24 Gallons of ethanol per ton of sugar beets (FAPRI 2006)

Annual yield for sugar beets is assumed to be 40 tons per acre

USA total farm land     = 800 million acres
cultivated farm land    = 280 million acres
Idle farm land               = 520 million acres


520 million acres * 40 tons per acre * 24 Gallons of ethanol per ton of sugar beets = 500 billion gallons

ETHANOL


USA may produce 500 000 000 000 gallons of SUGAR BEETS ethanol in 1 year only on the idling farm land


It is almost twice more then the current USA gasoline consumption


GASOLINE

USA uses  ~  20 million barrels of oil a day ; 

1 barrel of oil makes about 20 gallons of gasoline ;

In 1 year USA consumes: 

365days*20gallons*20 000 000 barrels =

146 000 000 000 gallons of gasoline in 1 year



ETHANOL = 66% of GASOLINE


ethanol has only 66% of gasoline energy potential so:

146 000 000 000 gallons of gasoline = 220 000 000 000 gallons of sugar beet ethanol



FARM LAND IN USA:



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