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Saturday, November 16, 2013

boo ethanol

The ethanol mandate has put the Obama administration in a tough spot. President Obama received huge political support in the Midwest because of his pro-ethanol stance, but a recent investigation by The Associated Press shed light on the environmental damage caused by ethanol production.
The AP reported that 5 million acres of conservation land has been put into service since President Obama took, and more than 1.2 million acres of “virgin land” in Nebraska and the Dakotas alone have been plowed into corn and soybean fields since 2006.
The boom in corn production has meant more nitrogen fertilizer must be used. The fertilizer is toxic and has been known to cause “blue baby” syndrome in children. Nitrogen fertilizer use shot up by one billion pounds between 2005 and 2010, and another billion pounds of fertilizer are estimated to have been used for corn production since then.
Furthermore, the ever increasing ethanol mandate has been blamed for driving up food and fuel prices, as about 40 percent of the country’s corn supply is diverted to ethanol production. Refiners are also seeing the price of ethanol credits skyrocket as the industry approaches the blendwall.

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