This isn’t a news flash as we’ve long known that the energy poured into growing the corn from which ethanol is derived often is wasted energy. Add the subsidies that farmers enjoy in the politically important corn state of Iowa (and elsewhere) and ethanol becomes an even worse deal for most people. But it’s worse than that.
(From The Daily Caller)
In a study titled “Biofuels and the Environment: The Second Triennial Report to Congress,” the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) determined that ethanol derived from corn and soybeans is causing serious harm to the environment. Water, soil and air quality were all found to be adversely affected by biofuel mandates.
Unintended consequences from a large and expensive government program? That never happens.