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#1 User is offline   Liz 

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  Posted 16 October 2018 - 06:27 PM

That Time When I Totally Agreed With The Washington Post On An Issue

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Jazz Shaw
Posted at 2:31 pm on October 16, 2018

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This doesn’t happen very often, but when it does I feel obligated to put out some party balloons and celebrate. Regular readers know that we’ve been following the story of the Renewable Fuel Standard here for years and discussing the various corrosive influences it has on the country. So imagine my surprise when I opened up a Washington Post editorial board piece, only to find that they’re making the same arguments I’ve been shouting from the rooftops around here. The title alone was enough to offer hope for some bipartisan sensibility in Washington: Doubling down on the biofuel boondoggle.

FOR MORE THAN a decade, the United States has pursued the foolhardy energy policy known as the Renewable Fuel Standard, or RFS. Thanks to legislation passed by a Democratic Congress and signed into law by a Republican president, George W. Bush, in 2007, the RFS illustrates the sad-but-true principle of Washington life that bipartisanship is no guarantee of wisdom. In a nutshell, the RFS required the nation’s petroleum refiners to blend ever-increasing quantities of biofuels, chiefly ethanol, into gasoline, purportedly to promote energy independence and fight climate change.

The WaPo goes on from there to point out that our energy priorities have changed considerably since the United States has become a global leader in oil and natural gas production, along with becoming a major exporter. From there they go on to offer a shockingly honest list of ethanol facts, dealing both with the raw science behind it and the politics which drives it. These are:

  • The environmental harms of ethanol arguably outweigh its benefits, because it takes massive amounts of energy to distill ethanol from corn
  • Ethanol requires massive amounts of fragile farmland to grow that crop
  • Diverting resources into corn production for ethanol raises the price of food
  • 39 percent of Iowa’s corn crop goes to create nearly 30 percent of all U.S. ethanol
  • Iowa is a swing state with six crucial electoral votes and a first-in-the-nation presidential caucus; whatever Iowa wants, Iowa gets, from politicians of both parties

Wait a minute… am I reading the Washington Post or the New York Post? All that was missing was a reference to King Corn.

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Posted 16 October 2018 - 08:57 PM

The Washington Post could have added these negatives related to ethanol:
1. Lower MPG (about 3%, but I think it is a lot more) compared to gasoline without ethanol, which means we, the consumers, have to buy more gasoline.
2. Going to E15 will decrease MPG an astonishing 25%!
3. Using sugarcane rather than corn produces twice as much ethanol per acre
4. The plants that manufacture the ethanol stinks to high heaven (I lived about 10 miles from one and I NEVER got used to the smell) and I'm sure the smog is produced is cancer causing.
5. The amount of gasoline it takes to farm the land to produce the corn, transport it to the plant to create the ethanol, and the trucks to transport it to the refining stations is more than they create in ethanol. So, in the end, we actually have to import MORE oil for countries that hate us and want to kill us!!!

I'm with the Washington Post on this one...stop putting ethanol in our gasoline!
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Posted 17 October 2018 - 08:08 AM

View Postusapatriot, on 16 October 2018 - 08:57 PM, said:


I'm with the Washington Post on this one...stop putting ethanol in our gasoline!



Yeah!!!! Put it back in our liquor where it belongs!!!
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