I don’t usually talk politics and economy, but that doesn’t mean I don’t know about them. Sometimes I feel the need to speak on an issue. However many people this reaches is irrelevant. This is for me. I just needed to get this down.
The question is: will ethanol help us sustain our energy security and economy in the future? The simple answer is no, but let’s get into specifics:
1. We use fossil fuels in order to make the fertilizer that nourishes the corn crops in the first place. Therefore the more fuel we produce from the corn the more fuel is needed to produce more corn. We never escape the cycle.
2. It drives food prices up by taking space away from growing actual food. There is only so much productive farmland that we have.
3. The only reason it is cost-effective at this point is because the federal government subsidizes the corn harvest. It actually costs more to grow the corn than the corn is worth. Not sustainable.
4. The only way we will become energy independent and secure our economy is if we simply reduce our need for fossil fuels or change our source of energy entirely.
Anyone who makes the argument that ethanol is good for the earth and our economy is ignorant of one or more of these facts. Simply put.