REUTERS- Mon Nov 22, 2010
U.S. ethanol is made by extracting sugar from corn, an energy-intensive process. The U.S. ethanol industry will consume about 41 percent of the U.S. corn crop this year, or 15 percent of the global corn crop, according to Goldman Sachs analysts.
Ethanol production is an energy consumptive process. Extracting ethanol from corn contributes more pollution to the air and environment than the blended fuel end-product mitigates when burned in an internal combustion engine.
Corn flakes, corn syrup and corn (anything) has been costing consumers more over the past 8 years since gasoline formulation was mandated to include ethanol. Farm animal food products and byproducts are also victims of the Bush era congressional mandate. As crude oil pricing continues to rise, grocery pricing is hit harder than pump pricing. None of which is needed in a time of personal financial and national economic collapse.
Even Al Gore agrees, “It is not a good policy to have these massive subsidies for (U.S.) first generation ethanol”, said Gore, “First generation ethanol I think was a mistake. The energy conversion ratios are at best very small”.
The elite laughingly write off the problems they cause as “unintended consequences”. Corrections for the problem are not considered or even offered. Paying individuals and families more to do nothing than they would earn working is the “unintended consequence” of Welfare and Welfare related subsidies and entitlements. Training people to be so dependent on government that they stand on rooftops and cry for rescue after being warned for days that a devastating act of nature is about to descend upon their immediate environment might, however, be considered an intended consequence.
Nonetheless, you and I along with every taxpayer were afforded the opportunity, by congress, to subsidize the corn farmers and the ethanol production industry to the tune of $7.7 billion last year. Subsidizing the ethanol industry translates to less corn for humans and food bearing animals which by the “law of supply and demand” causes prices for corn and corn-based food products to rise. Leather goods, eggs, bacon as well as beef product pricing are directly affected and are “unintended consequences” also.
Just like the congressional mandate for exclusive CFL (compact florescent light) sales and usage after 2012, ethanol fuel is more costly and more hazardous to health and environment than the perceived problem at hand. The same can be, and is, said about the health care bill that was read by virtually no one voting to pass the legislation.
At some point, perhaps, we will be fortunate enough to elect a group of individuals that will actually represent the constituents of their district and this nation. I don’t mean by earmarking bills to bring more money into their communities or to their friends and relatives. I mean representatives that care at least as much about the lives and livelihoods of their constituents as they do fantasy ideologies such as “Global Warming”.
Maybe every piece of legislation coming out of Washington D.C. or the state capitol nearest you should come with a disclaimer or warning like those required for prescription medications.
*Contact your representative immediately if this law causes vomiting, watery eyes, excess frustration, tremors, low income production, reduced spending capacity or enhanced mental anguish while adapting to the insanity. Mixing this legislation with any other current legislation, law or ordinance may cause severe confusion or rage. Other unintended consequences may occur.
If aggravated or severe rage occurs, please contact your representative by phone, text or Email. Do not attempt a personal meeting.