America’s Biofuel Boondoggle in One Simple Graph
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  • Bart Hall

    I’m an agronomist who farms for a living. Corn also fails a very important metric — it requires more energy to grow, harvest, transport, and brew the corn for one gallon of ethanol than there is energy in that ethanol. We have known this for the last quarter-century, and chosen to proceed nevertheless. That does not even include the rampant destruction of soil as more and more hilly ground is pushed into producing corn. Nor the million or more acres of native prairies lost to the plow in recent years … all to grow more corn.

  • disqus_GyYBaPW6KE

    Hate that the graph starts at 10 billion gallons. I’m against ethanol, but just about any graph that truncates the bottom quarter is destroying the very scale that is required for an accurate perspective. There’s no denying that the truncation exaggerates in favor of the argument being made and it’s a cheap ploy. Come on, there’s no need for that in this argument. Ethanol is obviously stupid and self-serving policy.

  • Victor Cachat

    Well, it’s not like a lot of thinking was involved.
    It sounded good, they pronounced it good, they walked away.

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