ALCOHOL COSTS AN ARM AND A LEG: SHOULD WE BOOTLEG?
(Photo) Daby B. Carreras
A century ago or so, bootleggers made alcohol on the sly; possibly in Harlem, where it was sold at speakeasies. Prohibition made many rich, as they could charge more for illegal hooch; some say that the mob was interested in keeping alcohol illegal so they could keep the profits high.
Today the cost of alcohol is several times what it was a year ago, but not the kind we drink. Alcohol for health and beauty is costing $4-6 for a 16 oz bottle when it used to be abundant in the $1 shops. A buck was enough.
But now that it is the prime ingredient in hand sanitizer, and people want to use it to keep germs away in this day of the China virus, which has claimed 180,000 people in this country alone, the price has soared.
Which is not necessary. Alcohol, made only of Carbon, Hydrogen, and Oxygen – CHO – is not rare. So common is this compound that it is made from plant wastes – fallen leaves for instance, which, as discussed in a previous post on this site are made of cellulose
– the most common plant compound on earth. Grass trimmings. Bits of recycling. Lots of things could work. But only if someone takes the initiative.
Why nobody does that is a good question. The setting up of alcohol production plants in every county would be an environmentally friendly way to help people who are hurt by these drastic price increases; it is both ecologically and economically friendly.