Ethanol scam immoral

“Some headlines are so telling, that you don’t really need to write the story to go with them. So I’ll keep this story short and focus primarily on the facts that were revealed by the Earth Policy Institute last month. The think tank reports that in 2009, US ethanol distilleries consumed 107 million tons of grain. That amounts to more than 25% of total US grain production. That quantity of grain, says Earth Policy, “was enough to feed 330 million people for one year at average world consumption levels.”

I’ll continue quoting from the report, because their findings are both stunning and depressing… :  …

When the growing demand for corn for ethanol helped to push world grain prices to record highs between late 2006 and 2008, people in low-income grain-importing countries were hit the hardest. The unprecedented spike in food prices drove up the number of hungry people in the world to over 1 billion for the first time in 2009.  …

The authors of the report go on to point out that the amount of grain needed to produce enough ethanol to fill the tank of an SUV one time could “feed one person for an entire year.” And their report includes a trio of remarkable graphics which show the rise in US grain diverted to corn ethanol as well as the number of number of undernourished people in the world.  …

That said, note that since 2004, the amount of grain the US has diverted to the ethanol sector has tripled. And during that same time period, the number of people globally who are undernourished has increased by about 150 million.  …

[T]he report from the Earth Policy Institute underscores the immorality of the entire corn ethanol scam. I seldom talk about morals and immorality as those issues are fraught with value judgments. But the immorality of the ethanol scam is obvious: the US is burning food to make motor fuel. And it is doing so at a time when there is growing global demand for inexpensive food and no shortage of motor fuel.

The Earth Policy Institute concludes their report by saying that the continuation of the ethanol mandates “will likely only reinforce the disturbing rise in hunger. By subsidizing the production of ethanol, now to the tune of some $6 billion each year, US taxpayers are in effect subsidizing rising food bills at home and around the world.”

There are lots of stupid federal programs. There are lots of wasteful federal programs. The corn ethanol mandates are immoral.”  “The Latest on the Ethanol Scam: US Ethanol Industry’s Grain Consumption in 2009 Was Enough to Feed 330 Million People


2 Responses to “Ethanol scam immoral”

  1. johnjames Says:

    I don’t know too many people that eat #2 field corn. Perhaps you could enlighten me?
    Ethanol is providing the U.S. with a clearner environment and reducing our dependence on foreign oil. Our country pays out billions of dollars to the same countries that are killing our soldiers. But I guess your OK with that.

  2. jblethen Says:

    You’re worried about 4.7%?

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