"TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - For more than two decades, special interests have persuaded Congress to mandate Americans buy ethanol whether they want to or not. As a result, 40 percent of the U.S. corn crop is now used for ethanol rather than food. The ethanol mandate means that ordinary Americans pay more for a poorer quality automobile fuel and more for groceries. Ethanol proponents claim these costs will bring us environmental benefits and energy security. They are wrong.
A good first question about a mandate is "how good can a product be if you have to force people to buy it?" The answer: not very good. Ethanol is vastly inferior to gasoline. Consider these glaring drawbacks: Its energy density is a third lower, reducing cars' emissions. It attracts water, so it cannot be transported in regular gas and oil pipelines, reduces lubricants' effectiveness, and shortens engine lives. It is caustic, corroding engine parts and dislodging contaminants from fuel tanks.
The mandate for corn-based ethanol also drives up food prices. Meeting the 2015 mandate will require using 5.3 billion bushels of corn. As a result of the forced conversion of corn to ethanol, any food containing corn - including pork, beef and ice cream - costs more.
Before his 2008 run for president, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., opposed ethanol subsidies and said "No one would be willing to buy it" without federal mandates. In 2008 in a speech in Grinnell, Iowa, he declared it "a vital alternative energy source." That flip-flop from Congress' most famous "maverick" illustrates the power of ethanol special "
Truman style Democrats are not the dark-age flat earth progressives. But we have to recognize and then admit to ourselves our political party is controlled by flat earth new dark-age Progressives.
Democrats do not want corn ethanol
We do not want avoidably higher energy prices
We do not want working families paying $2,000 annually for food
Corn is to drop from 7.75 to 4.75. Methanol and ethanol cause pollution in its making and as well methanol causes corrosion in small engines such as gas powered leaf blowers. This was posted in an article, in California.
More BS as Norris posted a fabricated article about chinas methanol use but changed the actual structuring of the sentencing in the PDF for his own agenda. This guy is 100 times worse then any politician. You actually praise his honesty. When he should be called out for his dishonesty of print. He is a shill and should be discounted as many have done on this board