Saturday, April 9, 2011

Defund Ethanol

It takes about 1,700 gallons of water to produce one gallon of ethanol. Each acre of corn requires 130 pounds of nitrogen and 55 pounds of phosphorous. Increased acreage means increased agricultural runoff that is creating aquatic "dead zones" in our rivers, bays and coastal areas. Ethanol has never made much sense environmentally or economically, but it makes a good deal of sense politically. If Alaska, not Iowa, were the first presidential contest, we might be drilling for more oil, not trying to stuff ears of corn in our gas tanks. Article here

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