Why didn’t BND writer Will Buss include the negative facts of ethanol in his article? The corn ethanol business originated during the ’70s energy crisis. Now, after 30 years of subsidies, the ethanol industry still can’t manage to stand on it’s own two feet. What about the 10 of billions in various subsides the rich plant owners receive annually from the taxpayers, estimated at 45 cents a gallon. Subsidies included for the politically connected in the Farm Bill, the Federal Tax Code, Department of Energy and Transportation. We no longer have an energy crisis, so why do we continue to pay people to produce a product that isn’t needed?
Why didn’t Will mention the large amounts of CO2-emitting energy required to produce a gallon of ethanol? Energy used to plant and harvest the corn, energy used to process the corn into ethanol, or the energy needed to provide the thousands of gallons in clean water need to process ethanol? Even though ethanol continues to pump CO2 out the tailpipe as you drive, Will forgot to mention that ethanol also has a corrosive effect on engine parts.
Natural gas is a very clean alternative Will, and we have abundant supplies. NG and CNG is a cleaner and cheaper alternative to ethanol. That’s why many cities around the world have mandated taxis, buses and government vehicles run on NG, not ethanol. Will, don’t let your green agenda blind you from including important facts.