Monday, July 16, 2007

Why I hate ethanol

Ethanol has got to be the worst product in the world. Ever. Corn is for eating or drinking, not burning. To quote myself:

Ethanol is not going to replace gasoline. Period. Never. Its not going to happen. Not only is it a net energy loss proposal, but the only way its even close to being economically viable is through massive government subsidies. To make matters worse, even if we used 100% of our farmland to convert we still wouldn't have enough corn to replace fossil fuels. Currently we're making a whopping 3 billion gallons of ethanol per year...using a decent chunk of our current corn production. Sounds like a lot, right? Wrong. The US uses 134 billion gallons of gasoline per year. Not to mention the crippling effect using more and more corn for ethanol instead of food could have on our food supply.

Ethanol [also] produces more CO2 per mile than gasoline. If you believe in anthropogenic global warming and are concerned about your "carbon footprint," you should absolutely not use ethanol over gasoline.
But that's not why I hate it; that's why I'm fundamentally opposed to idiotic programs like GM's "Live Green, Go Yellow" sample of stupidity.

I hate ethanol for this reason alone:

This month, the price of milk in the United States surged to a near-record in part because of the increasing costs of feeding a dairy herd. The corn feed used to feed cattle has almost doubled in price in a year as demand has grown for the grain to produce ethanol.

You better stay away from my Blue Bell, ethanol, or there will be hell to pay.