Posted: August 25, 2014
The linked article below tells us a few facts about ethanol. After reading only a little we have to throw up our hands and cry “What is Going On?”
- It takes between 1 and 1.3 gallons of gasoline equivalent energy to produce 1 gallon of ethanol so we lose every time we create ethanol in terms of lessening the carbon footprint.
- A unit of ethanol produced subsidies exceed the total cost of a gallon of gasoline so the taxpayer is paying twice – once for the ethanol to be reduced and again when it goes into the tank.
- Ethanol reduces gas mileage so what is the point of raising gas mileage on vehicles when you lose it with the fuel you put in your tank.
- 40% of the corn harvest goes into ethanol production and that means less supply of corn and more expensive foods that use corn and corn byproducts.
- Corn is a water intensive plant and takes lots of water in a time of drought.
- You could plant every square inch of land available in corn and all the ethanol would not reduce our reliance on fossil fuels.
- Fertilizers and chemicals used to raise corn damage the water and land.
- Ethanol has to be transported by truck which is more expensive and more dangerous than a pipeline.
- Ethanol in the E-15 category (new and improved?) may damage your vehicle.
- Converting corn to ethanol requires refineries that also require lots of energy to run, are dangerous and much more habitat destroying than wellheads.
When we look at Tom Udall’s fervid support of the ethanol industry we wonder what kind of environmentalist he is?
When we look at the facts it seems staggering that even Tom Udall couldn’t see his errors of judgement.
What we see is a crony capitalist politician who votes for industries outside his state to do well and votes for the oil and gas industry in New Mexico to do badly.
What do we need Tom Udall for, anyway. We know he doesn’t support New Mexico’s largest industry and he doesn’t support environmentalists either.
What he does support is big agribusiness and other states that raise corn. In turn he gets lots of campaign cash to keep himself in office. He tells you he is for the environment but it doesn’t appear that that is the truth.
“What,” we say, “is right with Tom Udall’s votes on Ethanol?”
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