She Blinded Ethanol With Science
Frequent visitors to this blog know that I have a thing or two to say about renewable energy, specifically ethanol. I don’t care for ethanol, even if my friend Willie Nelson loves. It drives up the costs of gasoline and food and makes our cars less efficient. It attracts large government subsidies, and those new corn commercials are starting to get very annoying.
I figured it was only a matter of time until some sort of scientist would muster proof that ethanol = bad. Finally, the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Energy & Environmental Science journal has published a study ranking alternative energy sources in terms of their relative abilities to address problems with “global warming, air pollution mortality, and energy security,” and “other impacts of the proposed solutions, such as on water supply, land use, wildlife, resource availability, thermal pollution, water chemical pollution, nuclear proliferation, and undernutrition.”
Surprise, surprise — ethanol finished dead last.
Hopefully, these findings will not fall on deaf ears. And, if you haven’t read it by now, here is the Show-Me Institute’s ethanol study. Still looking for more ethanol fun? Why not try searching for “ethanol” on Policy Pulse and seeing what pops up?
Oh, and if you didn’t already know, today’s blog title comes from Thomas Dolby’s classic ’80s hit “She Blinded Me With Science.”