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    The folly of the ethanol mandate

    University of Georgia Professor Emeritus Harold Brown writes of “The Ethanol Scramble” for the Georgia Public Policy Foundation. An excerpt: The mandate for ethanol use was met or exceeded every year until 2010 when the mandate and consumption were just under 13 billion gallons. Consumption has levelled off since…
    Jon Sanders, May 15, 2015
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    Only government can be this deplorably stupid

    From Forbes today, warning that the Environmental Protection Agency — no stranger to enforcing impossibly idiotic mandates — now wants to force people to use dangerous, engine-destroying E15; i.e., gasoline-based motor fuel that is 15 percent ethanol: Last year alone, the [Renewable Fuel] Standard diverted 40…
    Jon Sanders, April 17, 2013
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    Obama: Watch me outdo Bush’s ethanol idiocy, too

    The Bush Administration’s ethanol fetish is now under full ownership by the Obama Administration, and just as with the federal deficit, Homeland Security, the TSA, ad nauseam, any bad move Bush can do, Obama can do even worse (like upping the percentage of engine-damaging ethanol in each gallon…
    Jon Sanders, August 15, 2012
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    Gee, when you put it that way, it really does sound like a friggin’ terrible idea

    Headline in the New York Times today: "Rush to Use Crops as Fuel Raises Food Prices and Hunger Fears." NYT reports: Each year, an ever larger portion of the world’s crops — cassava and corn, sugar and palm oil — is being diverted for biofuels as developed countries pass laws mandating greater use of nonfossil fuels and as emerging powerhouses like China seek new sources of energy to keep their cars and industries running. ... But with food prices rising sharply in recent months, many experts are calling on countries to scale back their headlong rush into green fuel development, arguing that the combination of ambitious biofuel targets and mediocre harvests of some crucial crops is contributing to high prices, hunger and political instability. ... Soaring food prices have caused riots or contributed to political turmoil in a host of poor countries in recent months, including Algeria, Egypt and Bangladesh, where palm oil, a common biofuel ingredient, provides crucial nutrition to a desperately poor populace. During the second half of 2010, the price of corn rose steeply — 73 percent in the United States — an increase that the United Nations World Food Program attributed in part to the greater use of American corn for bioethanol. Longtime readers of The Locker Room knew this would happen back when Pres. George Bush signed biofuels initiatives into law. Here, for example, is a chart I made back in 2008:
    Jon Sanders, April 7, 2011