Despite being a poorly written ideological rant this article makes a great point. Trading one environmental problem for another still has a net negative effect. This whole corn/ethanol BS is about Big Ag, not Big Green. Big Ag is not a friend of the people. It can be counted upon to ruin the environment, harm public health, and poison land and people all in the rapacious name of profit. Profit subsidized by an enormous lobbying machine which has manipulated the government for so long we no longer even recognize it.
Obama and cronies are so desperate to become energy independent they’re willing to sacrifice a lot. The problem is that its all about compromise with the Special Interests. Pushing to turn corn into an efficient bio-fuel doesn’t mean we must destroy the Heartland to do it. Except when you have to give something to Big Ag to get them on board.
Ethanol is different.
The government’s predictions of the benefits have proven so inaccurate that independent scientists question whether it will ever achieve its central environmental goal: reducing greenhouse gases. That makes the hidden costs even more significant.
But it’s a cost the administration is willing to accept. It believes supporting corn ethanol is the best way to encourage the development of biofuels that will someday be cleaner and greener than today’s. Pulling the plug on corn ethanol, officials fear, might mean killing any hope of these next-generation fuels.
There’s no need to pull the plug on corn ethanol studies. We just need to wait until it becomes efficient instead of subsidizing and forcing farmers to grow enough to produce the smoke and mirrors necessary to support the administration’s push for it.