Oregon Democratic legislators last session rammed through a "clean energy bill" which our accidental Democrat governor from Minnesota proudly signed into law. This will raise gas prices by around 20 cents per gallon, and consumers will also get to pay for expensive repairs to cars, trucks, and even lawnmowers as the 15% mandate for ethanol in fuel kicks in. We're already seeing higher costs for food as grains are converted to low-energy fuel - and at high environmental cost.
Back in 2007 when political cheerleaders like Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa (the “king of ethanol hype”) were promoting ethanol with fantastic claims like “Everything about ethanol is good, good, good,” Rolling Stone magazine responded with the best sentence on ethanol I’ve ever read: “This is not just hype — it’s dangerous, delusional bullshit.”
Back in 2004, when concern about U.S. energy security was escalating and biofuels were promoted as an innovative, green solution to our growing dependence on foreign fuel, environmental groups enthusiastically supported the establishment of the renewable fuel standard, better known as the ethanol mandate.
What a difference a decade or so can make:
Along with other environmental groups, the Natural Resources Defense Council has now completely reversed its position on biofuels. Instead of lobbying for ethanol, it’s now lobbying against it, saying, “There is no denying that the bulk of today’s conventional corn ethanol carries grave risks to the climate, wildlife, waterways and food security.”
The Environmental Protection Agency’s inspector general says the Obama administration has failed to study as legally required the impact of requiring ethanol in gasoline. The IG says the government also failed to investigate whether new regulations intended to address one problem actually make other problems worse.
Environmeddlist groups really, really hate oil - and they thought that turning food into low-energy fuels would be the answer. Fast-forward a decade, and they've now come to understand that ethanol production actually results in more of that deadly CO2 than conventional fuel production and increases pollution - in addition to raising the costs of everything from tortillas and cereal to milk and eggs.
They were told all of that from the start, but at least have the decency to admit that they were wrong.