Drilling for Oil versus Growing Hemp for Fuel

Drilling for oil should be a thing of the past. There are many green energy systems that can replace crude oil as a renewable energy system. Growing hemp for fuel seems to be the best green energy system that is available to mankind. The fact that hemp can be grown almost anywhere on earth will solve the geographical ownership systems which are used to influence global divisions. Drilling for oil versus growing hemp for fuel is the number one reason for international conflicts.

Each country or organization will be able to allocate a specific piece of land to be farmed for the growth of hemp. This would mean less independence on foreign fuel markets which can become haphazard at times. It is also important for each country to gain energy independence.

Growing hemp for fuel instead of using crude oil will also help to lessen the environmental damage done by the burning of crude oil. The social implications are also important. Crude oil causes a lot of international conflicts. Instead of another country destroying another country in order to access the oil, they can instead grow hemp for fuel.

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Oil Drilling Ventures and Prospects

An oil drilling venture can easily cost billions of US dollars. However, there is no guarantee that they will strike oil. Drilling for oil is a very risky venture. These ventures often lead to irreversible damages to the environment especially if there is a spillage or explosion. It is also common for oil rig workers to lose their lives while drilling for oil. With these types of risks involved, why would a company prefer drilling for oil versus growing hemp for fuel?

Drilling for oil requires a lot of expensive technical workers. This may include structural engineers, masons, architects, geologist, iron smiths and welders just to name a few. The oil rig has to be designed to meet the geographical characteristics. There are rigs designed for penetrating ocean floors as well as land based rigs. The machineries used are not applicable to other oil drilling ventures, increasing the cost of drilling crude oil.

The oil reserves that are discovered during an oil drilling venture are limited and will not supply oil forever. Crude oil can never be classified as a green energy system or a renewable energy system. The costs that are involved in case there is an oil rig accident should also be factored in. If it is possible for the environment to recover from a spill, it will take years to recover.

The main reason why oil drilling ventures are so risky is because pin pointing oil wells have become a rare event. Even after some oil wells are discovered, the oil yield is low and does not allow the investors to break even.

(reference @ http://oil-price.net/)


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Growing Hemp for Fuel

Growing hemp for fuel only requires land intensive investments. The lands required do not have to be fertile or prime real estate. One reason why hemp is also called weed is because it can adapt to very harsh environmental conditions.

Growing hemp for fuel is also safe for all workers involved. There is no risk of a major fire or meltdown. Come to think of it, the hemp farm does run the risk of being burnt down. However, it is much easier to recover from a hemp catastrophe than to invest millions of dollars to clear up oil spills.

Passive farming is the best words to describe the growth of hemp. There is no need for fertilizer when grown in soils with medium levels of nutrients. Insecticides are not needed, because the plant does not have a lot of insect enemies. Weed control or herbicides are of no use. The hemp will dominate its environment and outlive any other weed competing for soil space. This is true especially when the hemp plants are close together.

Hemp is also a suitable green and renewable energy system. It provides the most continuous feedstock possible by any plant. It grows within a matter of months. Therefore, it is possible to have multiple yields in a single year. This also facilitates the possibility to grow hemp for fuel based on market needs. The price of crude oil will always inflate because it is a scarce commodity. It does not supply energy continuously and it is not renewable. Hemp trees can be planted repeatedly making it the best green energy system.

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Environmental Concerns

The emissions from growing hemp for fuel are less and contain much less harsher chemicals. Burning crude releases a lot of impurities into the atmosphere such as sulphur, lead and mercury. There are too many impurities that are by products of crude oil to name. Drilling for oil renders a permanent impact on the environment which is irreversible. The environmental footprint and impact left by drilling is devastating to wildlife.

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No More War and Oil Conflicts

The thing about hemp is that it is not confined to a specific geographical location such as oil drilling ventures. Territorial warfare is the end product of dealing in such a valuable commodity as oil. Countries that are privileged to have oil fields will invest large sums of money in order to protect their asset. Large energy consuming countries are looking to manipulate and intimidate the crude oil market.

Oil drilling is an exclusive business, almost a monopoly. This is because of the huge level of investment that is required to enter the business. Growing hemp for fuel on the other hand cannot be monopolized. This is because it can grow almost anywhere, anytime by anyone with minimum investment. Hemp plants are not a scarce resource and can be used to form a reliable green energy system.

Comparing Drilling for Oil versus Growing Hemp for Fuel

 
Drilling for Oil
Growing Hemp for Fuel
Environmental Impact
High
Low
Cost of Initial Investment
High
Low
Return on Investment
High
High
Risk Analysis Prospect
High Risk
Low Risk
Human Safety and Work Condition
High Risk of Life
Low Risk of Life
Recovery from disaster
Irreversable
Immediate
Social Impact
Negative
Positive
Monopoly Based
Yes
No
Employment opportunities
Medium
High
World Conflicts
High
Low
Price Volatility
High
Low
Transportation Cost
High
Medium
Waste Products
High
Low

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Why Hemp Fuel is the Best Alternative Energy: For too long now, all nations have become dependent on crude oil when there is a much cheaper alternative. The startup cost for growing hemp for energy is a mere fraction of drilling expeditions and nuclear plants. The economic and environmental benefits will be explored.

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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

Your article is really interesting. I just completed one on using biodiesel. I am thinking that using alternative fuels all over the place - hemp, biodiesel, solar, even newspapers will all work to help power the planet in the not-too-distant future. Votes and more!!


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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect cclitgirl, Thanks for the flattery. I can see alternative oils (fuel) becoming more popular in the future.


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emmaspeaks 4 years ago from Kansas City

Great informative article!! I'm looking into that solar panel ASAP. I've been wanting to do that for some time now. Thanks for giving me the push.


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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Thanks Emma, I am looking into a solar panel too. It is not practical for me to grow hemp for fuel at this time.


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Imogen French 4 years ago from Southwest England

This makes so much sense, it's hard to understand why we're not doing it already. Something to do with politics, power and profits, methinks. Oh well, one day perhaps ...


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica

There is one thing I sort of have a different perspective on and that the oil industry still has a high employment rate but I do agree with every thing else. The oil industry employs millions of people each year and the pay is pretty good but I really am hoping the the world will realize that oil hurts the environment and that other alternatives are readily available such as the hemp fuel.

What I don't understand is why a small island like Jamaica is not depending more on its natural resources like wind and sun energy for power. Why are we paying these exorbitant bills for electricity when we have so many other resources as our finger tips?


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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect Cardisa, the monopoly nature of the crude oil business has made its consumers dependent. It is expensive to get off the grid at the moment.

Drilling for oil sometimes uses the same specialized workers from other drilling ventures. In terms of the quantity of oil being drilled, drilling for oil is not labor intensive but does pay well. The overall crude oil sector is a high employer though.


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Theophanes 4 years ago from New England

Cannabis was made illegal when logging and oil companies hired politicians to start a racially driven scare campaign to make it so in the 1920's. Why? Because hemp was a much cheaper saner way to make fuel and paper. More than 80% of wood needs to be chemically dissolved to create paper pulp. Hemp has the opposite ratio of waste to usable material. It's all about money and power and those that still have it don't want to let go...


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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect Theophanes, that's the thing. Hemp cannot be monopolized because anyone can grow it, with little skills necessary.


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Mmargie1966 4 years ago from Gainesville, GA

Excellent Hub, rasta1! I voted awesome, and shared :)


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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect Mmargie, I feel very strong about this particular topic. The more economic options are so obvious.


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m0rd0r 4 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

I like the idea, but am afraid the youngsters will corrupt it quickly.

Hemp is much too easy to abuse for recreational purposes if it grows everywhere.

I think - First the society needs to get wiser.

Voted up nevertheless. Your hubs always inspire me to find inner peace.


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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

That's the thing Mordor, The only difference between hemp and marijuana is THC content. There is room for corruption but remember crude oil is processed to make addictive pharmaceuticals and food additives too. Hemp is a much safer option all round.

The Netherlands is a good example of legalization lowering crime. Alcohol in America is a good example too.


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WD Curry 111 4 years ago from Space Coast

BP . . . Beyond Petroleum and off the grid! Your friend's video is off the hook.


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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect WD, I was impressed with the video too.


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

Thank you for this. fuel is just the tip of the hemp environmental gold mine.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

so interesting. with so many options to use instead of crude oil, why do we still use crude oil? UP and shared!


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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

It is obvious pdx that crude oil is a forced scam. Because oil can be exclusively controlled.


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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect Mhatter. I just found out that hemp can be used to build a house much stronger and flexible than concrete.


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WD Curry 111 4 years ago from Space Coast

I know you are an analytic thinker. Have you ever wondered this about oil? It is a lubricant, right? What effect does it have when we remove it from it's natural place? Is it possible that it is needed to lubricate the shifting plates of the Earth? Are we draining the engine? Will more frequent and severe earthquakes and volcanic activity result?


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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

It is not just a lubricant WD. It is like shocks on a car holding the weight of the upper layer.

Have you ever driven a car without shocks? Definitely more earthquakes.


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WD Curry 111 4 years ago from Space Coast

I hadn't thought of that. I guess we will just bounce on outa' here. Have a good one.


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texshelters 4 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

I can dig it. Thanks for the information! This is a well done analysis of the situation with oil and a natural substitute. I still have question about the amount of energy store in oil as compared to hemp, but that can be worked out. Switch grass is also good for fuel but it doesn't have near the medicinal and other benefits of hemp.

http://www.fastcompany.com/1736132/researchers-pro...

PTxS


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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

The energy store of crude oil is a lot more than hemp but it is not renewable like hemp. corn stalks has less energy store than hemp but less controversial.


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My SciFi Life 4 years ago from London, UK

Really good and informative. Its always nice when you learn something new! Thanks for this.


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Angela Brummer 4 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

This is so cool! I cant wait to share this on twitter, facebook, pin it, google+.


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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect Angela. Thank you for the support. I am trying to master these social signals as well.


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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Thanks SciFi. I try to be as fair and abstract as possible when comparing the two.


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

great informative hub, Rasta. I agree Hemp is the way to go!

voted up and shared across!


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kennynext 4 years ago from Everywhere

A solar updraft tower will put out the equvilient of a regualr coal or nuclear plant, with no fuel cost


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Amethystraven 4 years ago from California

Great hub! Hemp can replace a lot of things that are petroleum based. Created petroleum synthetics are destructive to make and dispose of. If, or when hemp as a fuel is put through a trial run, I hope influential people invest in it and get it started . Dependence on oil is sad in more ways than one. Hemp is a healthy alternative and it is very renewable.


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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect Amethystraven, I do hope that politicians realize that hemp is the only cure for the nation.


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B. Leekley 4 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

Up, Useful, Interesting, and shared with followers and on social networking sites. Very well argued. It follows that we who agree that your points make good sense should ask the politicians in the USA and in any other country that has outlawed hemp when will they make hemp growing and industries legal and encouraged and why not sooner.


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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect B. Leekley. The only problem with hemp is anyone can grow it. This would destroy monopolies and make it harder for the rich to accumulate wealth.


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emerycurrin 3 years ago

Why is it that we aren't doing this? Tax purposes? Money Loss? Seems like a much safer and more practical way to provide energy. Are any other countries doing this?


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rasta1 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect Emerycurrin. Actually the Netherlands and Belgium are doing it. America once did it and still does on a very small scale. Oil is scarce and profitable. Hemp energy is a free for all.

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