The unintended consequences of ethanol quick fix

Christian Science Monitor
by Ray Nothstine

07/27/07

Ronald Reagan once said that the most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’ His one-liner immediately comes to mind when looking at the problems behind the federal government’s campaign to boost production of corn-based ethanol with a massive 51-cent-per-gallon subsidy. Ethanol and other biofuels are advertised as one of the main cures for our oil-thirsty economy. But it’s clear that the ethanol boom, with a major assist from Washington, is succeeding in simultaneously raising both fuel and food prices. With more than 20 percent of corn now dedicated to ethanol production, the US Department of Agriculture is projecting a record US corn crop in 2007 — along with record prices. Outside the United States, the unintended consequences of ill-considered policies promoting ethanol and other biofuel crops are already in full view. The poor, of course, are hit hardest...

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