I read an article on rejuvenating the growing of sugar beets in California to be used for production of ethanol. This would help the farmers rotate crops, make about 100 permanent jobs at the ethanol plant and make some seasonal jobs. It could become big business. A farmer with 5,000 acres is willing to accept a government grant to build a plant and try it.
Ethanol has been made from corn, and those plants are shutting down due to lack of corn and the drought. Maybe it is a good time to look at the big picture. With less corn, our food prices go up on cereals, beef, etc. We need farming to grow crops for food, clothing and maybe ethanol. To do this we need land and water. In many places we have land but no water, or water and no land. Maybe we should try to find a way to solve this problem.
Our population continues to grow, we need more food, and we continue to cover up our most fertile land with asphalt, concrete and houses, which in turn increases the flooding risks. Maybe it is time to look beyond the box and do some thinking and planning for the future.
Ethanol is usable, but I have read that it is not as efficient as fossil fuels, so savings can be questionable. Energy, whether produced by coal, oil, natural gas, ethanol, or electricity, all cause warming, be it global, I don't know. Increased population and increased government require large amounts of energy.