Posted By LambChop
"This is an ecological disaster," said Craig Cox with the Environmental Working Group to the AP. Cox’s group, once a White House ally, who now opposes the administration’s ethanol policies.
The Associated Press (AP) recently published a story about the myth of the benefits of ethanol that has generated huge controversy in liberal environmental circles.
The Obama administration steadfastly believed that ethanol was the magic elixir that would solve global warming. Obama implemented the so-called ethanol mandate that required a percentage of the biofuel, ethanol, to be added to the gasoline, believing that the panacea would alleviate “global warming.” Of course, temperatures have not risen in 15 years and science does not bear out that ethanol as a an additive to fossil fuel alleviates pollution. In fact, use of ethanol increases pollution.
The United States’ ethanol mandate has severely harmed the environment with no tangible benefits. The reality is that as corn growers rushed to receive crop subsidies for growing corn. This caused a demand for land (including tracts not fully suitable for corn growth) that have resulted in hijacking lands previously marked for conservation and destroying habitats like wetlands that farmers would ordinarily avoid.
Worldwide corn shortages have driven the cost of corn and in turn drove the cost of food staples up – causing famine in some countries who had their hunger problem mostly controlled before the ethanol policies took effect.
Opposition to the ethanol industry has created unlikely allies – the oil companies who oppose the absurd mandate and environmental groups who figured out that ethanol does more harm to the environment than good, according to their definition of harm.
FACT: Since Obama took office, 5 million acres of land set aside for conservation have been lost in the drive to harvest more corn for ethanol.
FACT: Corn has been farmed for livestock feed. Production of ethanol has adversely impacted feed available for livestock.
FACT: Farmers have plowed into land previously unused for farming, releasing amounts of carbon dioxide into the air that would take native plants decades to reduce naturally.
FACT: Billions of pounds of fertilizer were also used on land, some of which has leaked into drinking water, rivers, and has expanded the Gulf of Mexico’s dead zone, which can no longer support life.
FACT: Production of ethanol in factories is powered by coal or natural gas anyway.
FACT: The effectiveness of ethanol as a reducer of carbon dioxide emissions has also been greatly exaggerated.
FACT: The price of corn has more than doubled since 2010.
Facts are hard to dispute. The ethanol industry’s knee-jerk response to compare the AP report to a National Enquirer celeb expose’ clearly demonstrates that ethanol producers have no substantive argument to refute to the findings of the AP report.