The ethanol scam

“Dr. [David] Pimentel, Cornell professor and White House advisor, has warned every administration since Richard Nixon that ethanol and biofuels could not be a solution to the oil crisis because:

Over 140% more energy — mostly high value oil and natural gas, is expended to produce a gallon of corn ethanol than is in the ethanol itself. [3]  …

[3] “Corn Ethanol Allure Plummets”, Cornell University, Dr. David Pimentel produced his initial study as chairman of the Gasohol Study Group, a task force convened by the Reagan Administration in 1980 to investigate the efficiency of ethanol production. David Pimentel released a startling study for the United States Department of Energy showing that making ethanol consumes far more energy than the ethanol contains. The United States Department of Agriculture, food giant Archer-Daniel-Midlands and others in the corn lobby vilified him, and congressmen from corn states demanded that the federal government’s watchdog, the General Accounting Office, thoroughly investigate his findings. The GAO spent 20 times as much money reviewing Dr. Pimentel’s work as Dr. Pimentel’s own team did in creating the original study. After dissecting his methodology and scrutinizing every figure, the GAO, too, endorsed Dr. Pimentel’s study.”  “On The Road To Copenhagen and A World Food Crisis

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  1. Sean Says:

    The only problem is that the EPA is considering increasing the ethanol content in gasoline to E15 or 15% and will make a preliminary ruling, coincidentally, when the cap and trade bill comes up in the senate again in May of this year. Glad to see EPA is all science driven now.

  2. Alan Says:

    Don’t you generate CO2 when converting corn to alchol??

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