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Producing Ethanol From Corn Is a Bad Idea

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Dec 03, 2013 01:00 AM
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by Alex Wilson last modified Nov 18, 2013

Author name:  Alex Wilson Blog Category:  Energy Solutions Producing ethanol from corn is a bad idea not only because of the poor energy return on investment (EROI), but also because of the impact it is having on ecosystems in the Midwest Production of ethanol has dramatically increased acreage devoted to corn in the Midwest. Photo Credit: Lynn Betts, USDA-NRCS Corn-based ethanol as a vehicle fuel has never been a good idea. But an in-depth investigation by Dina Cappiello and Matt Apuzzo of The Associated Press, published last week , outlines a lot of other reasons why we should finally kill this particular farm subsidy. Where did we get this idea to begin with? The U.S. is one of the most agriculturally rich nations in the world, and we’re also one of the world’s largest fossil fuel importers. It makes sense on some levels to convert some motor fuel to biobased sources, such as ethanol and biodiesel—because we can produce it ourselves, helping to wean our dependence on oil from the Middle East and other politically unstable or unfriendly places. read more





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