February 13, 2009

Attacks on ethanol continue

The band of misfit environmental activists associated with the Grocery Gang tried to make some noise again this week - bashing corn-based ethanol for a host of reasons that reasonable folks have already realized are bogus.

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) noted that it was just another attempt to prevent the ethanol industry from decreasing the United States’ dependence on foreign oil. NCGA noted that there are many environmental benefits from corn ethanol and that corn farmers continue to be good stewards of the environment.

"These environmental groups are stirring up fear for the American public at a time when Americans are already struggling due to the faltering world economy, job losses and high costs of food brought on by some food companies' record profits and greed," said NCGA president Bob Dickey. (Follow the link for more, including info on the environmental performance of corn growers and ethanol.)

Also see some good comments from the Renewable Fuels Association.

According to the Domesic Fuel blog, the groups held a press conference and urged the government to stop promoting renewable fuels like ethanol and said they would rather increase the use of imported oil. During the conference, Clean Air Task Force spokesman Jonathan Lewis told a reporter that "burning gasoline is better than increasing the production of corn ethanol."

Visit Domestic Fuel to have a listen.

Of course, as always with groups like this, their claims are based on loose facts and they don’t offer any real solutions. Just making noise in an attempt to drum up donations.

These are the same enviros who don't like biotechnology and other production technologies, either. They like to live in the past and complain about a future that only exists in their mind.

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