Breaking news: Corn for food, not automobile fuel

Hah. That’s right and here’s why: Making ethanol, especially from corn, uses more energy than it yields. That’s a shocker to many folks, I know. This op-ed makes that case in fine fashion.

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One response to “Breaking news: Corn for food, not automobile fuel

  1. The growing reliance on coal is not, on the face of it, such an odd thing. Coal has been cheap relative to natural gas in recent years, and most ethanol plants are being built in parts of the country that rely heavily on coal for electricity anyway. The pursuit of energy independence, too, makes it tempting to use domestic coal to make an alternative fuel that will replace imported oil. But per joule of heat produced, coal releases two to three times as much carbon dioxide as natural gas, and that makes coal-generated ethanol a dubious way of reconciling energy and environmental imperatives.

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