Monday, August 18, 2008

How Many Hemp Acres Do We Need To Grow Our Way Out Of Our Energy Crisis?


The above webeo may prove to have historic significance in turning the tides of our energy and excess CO2 global warming problems. Hemp produces clean energy and removes excess CO2 from the air as it grows.

Here's more on the webeo.

Hemp 4 Fuel - a roll-in from 'Time 4 Hemp'
Artist Statement From Youtube: Added: October 11, 2006
"This is a segment from the film, 'The Billion Dollar Crop' created by John Birrenbach. It was used as a roll-in on the television series, 'Time 4 Hemp' hosted by Casper Leitch. To find out more about the first television series to ever focus on the topic of marijuana, check out 'Time 4 Hemp' where you can find over 80 free video and 100 free audio downloads. Time 4 Hemp cable access © Casper Leitch - 1991 "

Text of webeo from the show Time4Hemp:

"Fuel. Hemp can also be used for the production of methanol.

According to World War II production rates of hemp per acre, we can produce the equivalent of 10 - 15 barrels of oil from one acre of hemp.

If we use the production rates that are in evidence in countries currently producing hemp, we could produce the equivalents of 20-30 barrels of oil per acre of hemp.

Can we fuel the nation with hemp?

The answer is YES!

According to United States Agricultural statistics, in the United States we have an excess of 950 million acres of farm land.

Of that land we planted in 1987 some 450 million acres.

This leaves some 450 to 500 million acres un-planted.

In order to produce the amount of methanol to fuel all of our transportation needs, we would need to plant some 12-34 million acres of hemp.

This would produce the biomass necessary to fuel our country."

This webeo explains how in 1980's energy needs, we could grow our way out of the energy crisis with hemp using only 34 million acres of unused farmland. If our energy needs quadrupled since then, we're only talking about 136 million acres of farmland to grow enough energy to power our needs. Double 136 and it's still only 272 million acres of farmland to solve our energy and have an impact on our environmental crisis. The aftermarket products that come from this vast resource material can have a positive impact on our economy and health care (life empowerment) systems.

Since hemp is a weed, it can grow in many places, inside and out, to contribute to solving our problems now. We're talking hemp biofuel and biomass to power engines cleanly while removing excess CO2, the cause of global warming, from the air as it grows.


Hemp is nature's way to remove the oil from the land and change it into useful items like energy.

Hemp is a biomass champion that is 4 times more efficient than corn as biofuel.

Hemp energy pellets burn clean as biomass to fuel the nation's electric plants.

Anything toxic energy can do, hemp can do better.

The question is 'How many hemp acres do we need to grow our way out of this energy crisis in modern times?' The next logical question is how much hemp do we need to grow to remove enough CO2 to have a reversal impact on the global warming crisis. Research on the second will be posted shortly in a separate blog entry.

Looking beyond the webeo above, let's get to real world calculations. The film clip from Time4Hemp's webeo from the film the BILLION DOLLAR CROP does not explain if they calculated one or 4 crops per year per acre.

We're looking at different energy reference sites for how much energy do we need as a nation and as a planet, given the reality that we all are one. Below are some research links we're using, and will post others here for consideration.

'How many acres do we need to grow our way out of this energy crisis?'

1. How much energy do we need?

Renewable Energy Consumption

Just How much energy does America Use

International Energy Outlook 2008

"Total world energy use rises from 462 quadrillion British thermal units (Btu) in 2005 to 563 quadrillion Btu in 2015 and then to 695 quadrillion Btu in 2030 (Figure 1). Global energy demand grows despite the sustained high world oil prices that are projected to persist over the long term. "

Annual Energy Outlook 2008 with Projections to 2030

Here's some historic numbers of energy use:

2. How many "barrels" "acres" can exceed the nation and the world's projected energy needs?

Of course an effective energy strategy is one that combines clean energies like wind, solar, hydro, magnetic and other biofuels. Working together, we can create a better world for future generations, the real purpose of life.

Tell the politicians, 'we don't need no toxic energy.' Any energy strategy that can hurt us and/or generations ahead should be turned off and replaced with clean, natural and in some cases free energy.

For more information on hemp please visit the USA Hemp Museum, a private museum with a virtual wing. Richard M. Davis is the museum's founder and curator and he has a book called HEMP FOR VICTORY: A GLOBAL WARMING SOLUTION which is a great piece on how to use hemp to solve the problem of global warming.

Other research pages on hemp energy include:

Hemp Biofuels Room, USA Hemp Museum:


Fuel and Fiber:

Davis is proposing using the successful WWII Hemp For Victory program and solve the problems of global warming and our growing energy needs. We'll be posting his projections here soon and please share your thoughts on this blog.

All honest thought is welcomed. We can overcome with hemp.

No comments: