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Ethanol Scam May 17, 2009

Posted by Jason in Daily PM.
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A short while back, I wrote an article on biodiesel, published in the Green Directory here in Montana.  Following is the intro and a link to the original piece:

With President Obama’s emphasis on energy independence, sustainability, and environmental protection, we have heard more and more about production and use of biodiesel fuels. Especially in Montana, with our agricultural history, you may wonder what the effects of the biodiesel economy will be on farmers, local industries, and everyday consumers. Is biodiesel really all it is promised to be? pub.date: 2009-02-20  More…

In that article, I alluded to some of ethanol’s drawbacks and made a general comparison of ethanol to biodiesel.  While the piece was intentionally non-technical, I found some additional information that really drives home the point that ethanol is not the path to energy righteousness.  Please follow this link to read Ed Wallace’s excellent BusinessWeek article about the real-life, everyday effects of ethanol on your vehicle.

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1. Efrain Estrello - November 29, 2012

i beleive that Biodiesel is the wave of the future. the good thing about it is that it is renewable. *

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Jason - November 30, 2012

You’re correct, Efrain, that it is renewable. And like wind, solar, and biomass, ethanol may indeed hold promise as a fuel sometime in the future.

But when you consider all the unintended consequences of modern oil subsidies on that industry and the environment, one must wonder why we would follow the same path with ethanol. It’s challenging to balance the short-term needs and wants of consumers with long-term environmental effects, and we haven’t shown that we’re particularly adept at it. Many people believe that the government is not in a position to make the judgment for the rest of us.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/01/science/earth/01subsidy.html?_r=0

http://www.forbes.com/sites/energysource/2012/04/25/the-surprising-reason-that-oil-subsidies-persist-even-liberals-love-them/


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