First off, I have to wonder why we are growing corn to fuel cars. This makes no sense. I eat corn, I do not understand how putting it in all combustion engines is a good idea. Prices for all crops seem to be going up as the government mandates that more and more ethanol be put into gasoline. Why should a farmer grow things other than corn if the government is willing to pay him to grow corn to put it in an engine? People will starve as the price of all crops goes up because of this.
Secondly, how is using biofuels going to get us away from using oil? Shall we power all of our vehicles on vegetable oil? This just boggles my mind.
Thirdly, it is not efficient to use ethanol. It takes a large amount of energy to mass produce ethanol and it has to be moved by truck or train as it cannot be sent through a pipe like oil can. The mandate that ethanol should be put into gasoline may have been well intentioned but is not a good idea. I shall finish this post by a political cartoon from IBD Editorials. I shall write more on this later.