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Fertilizer can be produced more cheaply, responsibly

Making anhydrous ammonia from natural gas and shipping it long distances does not make economic sense.

Posted on March 11, 2014 at 3:56 p.m.

Anhydrous ammonia can be produced locally on farms and in farming communities to create jobs in farming areas, reduce costs to farmers, reduce future increases in food costs and possibly eliminate shortages of this fertilizer while producing it in a more environmentally friendly method.

Producing anhydrous ammonia from hydrogen produced from water electrolysis, nitrogen from the air, power from the sun and wind, and a catalyst can eliminate large transportation costs and help the economy. We may need federal grants and tax credits to make this happen faster, but to continue to make anhydrous ammonia from natural gas and shipping it from the Gulf of Mexico to the Midwest is not sound on an environmental, logistical and economic basis!

DAVID A. SHEPARD

Bristol




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