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May 26, 2009

Another Reason to Ditch Ethanol

Topics: Environment, Political News and commentaries

The newest reason - it ruins engines, but again, that's just the newest reason.

So, why would we want to use an alternative fuel that costs more energy to produce than it saves, distorts world agriculture markets and helps intensify global food shortages, intensified the clearing of trees and other not-so-eco-friendly things, and even destroyed the tequila market of the future?

The answer is that, we don't. However, like other actions our delutional, short-sided thinking, government and "go green" eco-freaks seek to force upon the rest of us in the name of saving the planet (from the equally delutional and short-sided pseudo-science of AGW), our government sought to take "touchy-feely" action before the real science and investigation was completed. As Robert Samuelson noted in Newsweek during April of this year, the selling of the green economy involves more economic make-believe than truth:

Environmentalists not only maximize the dangers of global warming--from rising sea levels to advancing tropical diseases--they also minimize the costs of dealing with it. Actually, no one involved in this debate really knows what the consequences or costs might be. All are inferred from models of uncertain reliability. Great schemes of economic and social engineering are proposed on shaky foundations of knowledge. Candor and common sense are in scarce supply.
The example of ethanol is but one more example of the costs of going green being higher than any benefit to either us or the planet. The environmentalists are severely short of both candor or common sense, and it's the rest of us that are going to pay the price for the government's actions based on a emotions and what is politically expedient.

Posted by Richard at May 26, 2009 9:12 AM



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