I’ve been on an ObamaCare run the last few weeks, but that isn’t the only federal program that was created to benefit a small minority of people and wound up screwing up the thing it was supposed to save. Remember how dumping ethanol into our gas tanks was going to save the planet? Oops.
A policy intended to reduce global warming is encouraging a farming practice that actually could worsen it.
That’s because plowing into untouched grassland releases carbon dioxide that has been naturally locked in the soil. It also increases erosion and requires farmers to use fertilizers and other industrial chemicals. In turn, that destroys native plants and wipes out wildlife habitats.
The policy was never really about the environment, though, and both parties own the disaster. The ethanol push started under George W Bush, and was a major part of Barack Obama’s push to win the Iowa Caucus. The reason it’s such a bipartisan screw up is that both sides want to get the votes of Midwestern farmers and money from agribusiness. That’s why, in spite of the obvious damage this is doing, the Obama administration is making up weird excuses as to why the ethanol policy has to stay in place.
In the case of ethanol, the administration believes it must encourage the development of next-generation biofuels that will someday be cleaner and greener than today’s.
”That is what you give up if you don’t recognize that renewable fuels have some place here,” EPA administrator Gina McCarthy said. ”All renewable fuels are not corn ethanol.”
Read that whole article to find out the extent of the damage, which includes loss of conservation and prairie land as well as toxins winding up in the Gulf of Mexico, all to subsidize farmers to grow corn that people are burning in their gas tanks instead of eating. Which drives up the price of food.
Are there any populists in the GOP that would like to take a crack at this?