Corn Ethanol Has Always Been a Mistake

by updated 2011/01/21

This is a very frustrating issue for me and many others that have been writing and speaking about the problems with using corn ethanol as a fuel additive. The problems range from environmental and financial to, of course, political. In recent weeks the big mainstream press, NPR, CNN, AP, etc. have finally started bringing the ethanol mess to the forefront of the news. Why has it taken so long? Yes, there have been a few prominent articles over the years, but no real effort to expose the fatal flaws of our pursuit of ethanol use.

I think I wrote my first article over 4 years ago on why I thought chasing the ethanol pipe dream was a huge mistake. Since then I have written several more times about the political reasons for ethanol excitement and the financial and environmental consequences of this push for increased ethanol use. And, it has not been just little old me shouting from the rooftops. Many other bloggers and commentators on other sites have joined in to try and get out the real facts behind corn ethanol.

Maybe this time the reality will be exposed and money and effort to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels can finally be directed away from corn ethanol and towards research and development that will truly make a positive difference. If just the subsidies given to corn ethanol production and distribution can be redirected, that will help tremendously.

So to do my part in adding to the recent flurry of publicity, I am bringing a couple of old posts up to the front of the blog. They are immediately before this post. Browse on back a couple of posts, read and please comment. As I have done before, (unfortunately with little dissenting response), I especially ask those of you who disagree with my view on this to comment. Maybe the past silence from those with an opposing view is an indication of how weak the argument in favor of corn ethanol really is?

Will Sig
1 Tony McGurk

Interesting articles Will. As I said previously, not something I have really though about before. I remember a few Current Affair shows talking about ethanol not being good for your engine but that’s about all I’ve heard on the subject
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2 Tony

Interesting articles Will. As I said previously, not something I have really though about before. I remember a few Current Affair shows talking about ethanol not being good for your engine but that’s about all I’ve heard on the subject
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3 Tony McGurk

Also I haven’t had any problems with not seeing your Checkbox. I don’t know why mine started not appearing. I am now using NoSpamNX which seems to do a great job at keeping the spambots at bay. I am behind in my blog visiting & commenting as I spent quite a bit of time messing around with my site after the problems I had & setting up the Comicpress site on the subdomain. I sure am learning a lot from my mistakes. Some of my problems track back to not being wise enough to know when to leave things alone & not to fiddle with what I don’t understand. Although trial & error is a great teacher.

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4 Tony

Also I haven’t had any problems with not seeing your Checkbox. I don’t know why mine started not appearing. I am now using NoSpamNX which seems to do a great job at keeping the spambots at bay. I am behind in my blog visiting & commenting as I spent quite a bit of time messing around with my site after the problems I had & setting up the Comicpress site on the subdomain. I sure am learning a lot from my mistakes. Some of my problems track back to not being wise enough to know when to leave things alone & not to fiddle with what I don’t understand. Although trial & error is a great teacher.

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5 Binky

It’s such a complex issue with so many factors involved, and so much biased information for and against almost any alternate energy source that it’s hard to really know what’s true and what’s not anymore.

Whatever happened to the algae produced oil? That seemed to have real potential and was supposedly much more efficient to produce in terms of land needed and energy used.
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6 Shawn

Yes this is a true fact.Using corn ethanol as fuel additive is really very harmful to both environment and as well as financially it is more costlier too.
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