Thursday :: Dec 29, 2011

The End of the Corn Ethanol Subsidy

by Mary

Finally something this Congress has done right. They are ending the corn ethanol subsidy. The corn ethanol subsidy has been a misplaced policy that not delivered what had been promised for cleaner fuel. As says:

Using corn is the least productive way to make ethanol, at roughly 300 gallons per acre of feedstock. The Brazilian ethanol industry gets twice as many gallons per acre using sugar cane, and other feedstocks like switchgrass have been projected to produce up to 1,200 gallons per acre.

One major problem with corn ethanol is the amount of farm land that is used for growing corn to burn would be better used to growing food for the world during these times of increasing food insecurity.

However, this isn't entirely a good news story as the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act passed by Congress requires even more ethanol in gasoline and now without the corn subsidy, meeting the recently set goals will be harder than ever.

Climate Progress names food insecurity as the biggest climate change story of the year and it implicates corn ethanol as a part of the problem.

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