Biofuels are Degrading the Environment

Government subsidies promote the use of corn for the production of the toxic biofuel ethanol. An estimated 30% of America’s corn crop is used to produce ethanol. It takes about 400 lbs of corn to produce 25 gallons of ethanol, ref. 1. This week a railroad accident caused railroad cars, filled with ethanol, to empty thousands of gallons into the Mississippi River. For every 1,000 gallons of ethanol produced, 8 tons of corn is consumed.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has increased the amount of biofuels produced every year for the past several years. This year the EPA has mandated that 17.4 billion gallons of biofuels be blended into U.S. fuel supplies, ref. 2. Recently former Vice President Al Gore has admitted that ethanol production and consumption is adversely affecting climate change. Even environmental activists oppose increasing the EPA biofuel mandate, as do anti-hunger groups. Eco-groups argue biofuels, especially corn ethanol, are harming the environment, while hunger groups say the mandate raises food prices.

It’s too bad that our Congressional Representatives have not taken action against this total waste of taxpayers money. It was known in 2008 that ethanol was not a clean source of energy, ref 3. And yet legislation was passed, that year, to spend taxpayers money to convert corn, a food source, into ethanol. Is it morally right to convert food to ethanol, for our automobiles to burn, when 12.4 million children in our country are malnourished, ref. 3? It would be more humane to use our tax dollars to reduce the number of starving families than to spend it on the production of ethanol.

1. “Al Gore Ducks ‘Inconvenient’ Questions About Food Crises, Ethanol, and Climate Alarmism”,, April 27, 2008.
2. Davis, Jeff, “EPA Biofuel Policy In Shambles, So It Mandates More Ethanol”, Biofuels, Public Policy, May 30, 2015.
3. Linscott, Brad, “Renewable Energy: A Common Sense Energy Plan” Tate Publishers, 2011.