Killing the corn ethanol industry

But energy policies brought in by George W Bush which set production quota to encourage the use of biofuels allowed the industry to take off. By last year, nearly 40% of US corn was going to produce ethanol.

It\’s going to take some time, not least because Iowa is where the presidential election races start, but the general public mood does seem to be turning against this insane nonsense. Eventually, the politicians will respond.

I hope so at least.

11 thoughts on “Killing the corn ethanol industry”

  1. In the last few days I saw someone writing about a daft American law that goes back to the early 60s when European countries erected tariff walls against cheap American chicken. “Eventually” can take a while.

  2. Poor old Henry Ford: one of his more enlightened ideas, growing fuel for his cars, looks like biting the dust.

  3. KILL IT DEAD LIKE A FUCKING VAMPIRE. Seriously. Corn ethanol is the worst idea, out of all the ideas. It takes more energy (obviously excluding the plants’ photosynthesis solar energy) to make corn ethanol than it releases. At least sugarcane biofuel is energy-positive, despite also contributing to starvation.

  4. Surely killing it dead like a non-vampire would be better. Vampires often seem pretty hard to kill, and liable to resurrection even when they are killed.

  5. John B,

    I believe you’ll find sugar cane ethanol is made from a waste product, I think it’s called Bagpuss.

  6. Always was bonkers using food to make ethanol. Jatropha seeds have 50% oil which can be converted to a nice biodiesel quite simply. Also it enriches the soil where is grows via fixing niotrogen. It is not a food plant. Unless you can grow the right kind of alga then jatropha is a good bet.

  7. wow…talk about indirect effects…

    As of November 2010, the 1964 tariff of 25% still affects importation of light trucks. Robert Z. Lawrence, professor of International Trade and Investment at Harvard University, contends the Chicken Tax crippled the U.S. automobile industry, by insulating it from real competition in light trucks for 40 years.[16]

  8. Wonderful. LBJ was evidently an even bigger jerk than previously thought.
    EU still blocking US chickens?

  9. Unimportant Quibbler

    My fave part of the chickens-for-trucks imbroglio:

    “Ford currently imports all of its Transit Connect models as passenger vehicles by including very specific items, e.g., rear windows, rear seats and rear seatbelts. The vehicles are exported from Turkey on cargo ships owned by Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL), arrive in Baltimore, and are converted back into light trucks at WWL’s Vehicle Services Americas Inc. facility simply by replacing rear windows with metal panels and removing the rear seats and seatbelts. The removed parts are not shipped back to Turkey for reuse, but shredded and recycled in Ohio. The process exploits the loophole in the customs definition of a light truck: as cargo doesn’t need seats with seat belts or rear windows, presence of those items automatically qualifies the vehicle as a passenger vehicle and exempts the vehicle from light truck status. The process costs Ford hundreds of dollars per van, but saves thousands in taxes.”

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