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Saturday, January 26, 2008


Popular Mechanics vs Big Ethanol

The latest issue of Popular Mechanics had a cover story with a rant about the problems with corn based ethanol. It includes some very pointed comments, such as "There’s a simple reason that ethanol is popular with politicians: money." Very true. Mandating 15 billion gallons of corn based ethanol be used in 2015 isn't just a stupid corporate welfare law - it reminds me of Communist Russia's central planning, where it wasn't uncommon for the Party to set a goal to cut down X amount of trees, only to find that nobody needed that much lumber and they had to let the trees rot.

I'm going to have to write to Congress on this one, soon. When I do I will post a copy of the letter.

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