Point/Counterpoint on Ethanol

Yale Environment 360 has an interesting point/counterpoint on ethanol.

  • The Case Against More Ethanol: It’s Simply Bad for Environment: The revisionist effort to increase the percentage of ethanol blended with U.S. gasoline continues to ignore the major environmental impacts of growing corn for fuel and how it inevitably leads to higher prices for this staple food crop. It remains a bad idea whose time has passed.
  • The Case for More Ethanol: Why Green Critics Are Wrong: The criticism of ethanol by environmentalists is misguided and just plain wrong. In fact, thanks to improvements in farming techniques, increasing the amount of corn ethanol in U.S. gasoline would reduce air pollution, provide significant health benefits, and lower greenhouse gas emissions.

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