Hummer Tank can feed a person for a year. International non-resident cross border expert income tax & immigration help

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Jim Letourneau ( http://www.thebigpictureguy.com/ )  is a Calgary newsletter publisher on oil and gas energy for Tom Allen's Howe Street Media ( www.howestreet.com).  Jim was telling the world to buy Uranium a couple of years ago at $12.00 and it is now over $75.00, so he does not just stick to oil and gas. 
 
I asked him about ethanol and he made the statement that you could feed a person for a year with the amount of corn it would take to make enough ethanol to fill a Hummer..  This was his follow-up to that statement. 
 
 It goes along with my look at 'on board' hydrogen generators for your car, another intersting idea you can see at ( http://www.supplementalhydrogen.net/  or http://www.speedace.info/hydro_gen_hydrogen_gas_generator.htm )

david ingram
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Jim Letourneau, P.Geol. wrote:
David:

Thanks again for the fun interview at the Vancouver Cambridge House
show. I couldn't remember Lester Brown as the source of the "feed a
person for a year or fill up a Hummer" anecdote.

http://www.bigpicturespeculatorblog.com/2007/06/lester_brown_po.html

Of course maybe he made that up so I did some quick research:

How much corn is needed to make ethanol?
For every one bushel of corn, approximately 2.7 - 2.8 gallons of
ethanol is produced.

The Hummer HI has a 53 gallon tank which means that 19.27 bushels of
corn are used to fill the tank at 2.75 gallons/bushel.

Corn can weigh anywhere from 45-70+lbs/bushel. Using 56 lb/bushel
(
http://www.unc.edu/~rowlett/units/scales/bushels.html) leads to 1079
lbs of corn being used to fill a hummer tank.

An ear of corn weighs anywhere from 5.4-9.6 oz. so if we use an 8oz
ear of corn we get 2158 ears of corn. That would give a corn eater 5.9
ears a day to live on.

There is certainly room for tinkering with these numbers but I think
the numbers make sense.

take care,

Jim
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david ingram replies

I looked up a couple of sites as well because of your comment and found a dozen references with different quotes, most of which seemed to think that a 25 gallon fill up would feed a person for a year.

Try
http://www.enviroblog.org/2007/04/feed_the_hummer_forget_the_hun.htm

and http://www.treehugger.com/files/2006/07/lester_brown_ethanol.php

and http://www.benking.co.uk/blog/?p=53

and this letter re the Brazil story.  The writer suggests that 10% of brazil's actual energy comes from ethanol while CNN's report suggested that 50% came from ethanol and some reports were suggesting 100%. 
 
http://robertrapier.wordpress.com/tag/brazilian-ethanol/

I have been running all our cars on MOHAWK 10% ethanol for four years now.and wonder if that is really the way to go now.

It takes 1.56 litres of ethanol for the power of 1 litre of gas and I notice that my old caddys get 5 km a litre with the ethanol blend and 6 with straight shell gas.  HMMMM?!

It is all something to think about.
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This is not intended to be definitive but in general I am quoting $800 to $2,800 for a dual country tax return.
 
$800 would be one T4 slip one W2 slip one or two interest slips and you lived in one country only - no self employment or rentals or capital gains - you did not move into or out of the country in this year.
 
$1,000 would be the same with one rental
 
$1,200 would be the same with one business no rental
 
$1,200 would be the minimum with a move in or out of the country. These are complicated because of the back and forth foreign tax credits. - The IRS says a foreign tax credit takes 1 hour and 53 minutes.
 
$1,500 would be the minimum with a rental or two in the country you do not live in or a rental and a business and foreign tax credits  no move in or out

$1,600 would be for two people with income from two countries

$2,800 would be all of the above and you moved in and out of the country.
 
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We will still prepare Canadian only (lives in Canada, no US connection period) with two or three slips and no capital gains, etc. for $150.00 up.
 
With a Rental for $350
 
A Business for $350 - Rental and business likely $450
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Moving in or out of the country or part year earnings in the US will ALWAYS be $800 and up.
 
TDF 90-22.1 forms are $50 for the first and $25.00 each after that when part of a tax return.
 
8891 forms are generally $50.00 to $100.00 each.
 
18 RRSPs would be $900.00 - (maybe amalgamate a couple)
 
Capital gains *sales)  are likely $50.00 for the first and $20.00 each after that.
 
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