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Relative to: Al Gore, Ethanol, Food

Ethanol requires a lot of land and even more energy to convert corn or grass or whatever biomass one prefers into fuel. But as an alternative fuel solution, back in 2000, Al Gore was a big pusher for the product. Now, with some refreshing candor, Mr. Gore has admitted his mistake.

“It is not a good policy to have these massive subsidies for first-generation ethanol,” Gore said at a green energy conference in Athens, Greece…”One of the reasons I made that mistake is that I paid particular attention to the farmers in my home state of Tennessee,” he said, “and I had a certain fondness for the farmers in the state of Iowa because I was about to run for president.”

It doesn’t get much clearer than that. He pandered for votes in the 2000 election, and supported an environmental measure that was not in the best interest of the environment. Our agricultural subsidies in this country are absurd and out of hand, and the ethanol subsidies are part of the problem. That being said, I am from Minnesota, and my family is full of corn growers who benefit from these subsidies. I don’t know the solution to the problem, but there have to be better alternatives. Such as: making food a profitable product, then encouraging farmers to grow food, rather than destroying the soil by growing corn crop after corn crop every year. That’s just one idea, but it seems like a pretty good option to me. We need more food in this country. By food, I really mean food, not the “food” that makes up most of the diet of our nation, and is pretty much, well, corn.

Written by Christopher ZF

November 24, 2010 at 11:03