Is This the "Big Whoops" from the BioFuels Loons?
Well, now we have what is perhaps the big "Whoops" on the whole ethanol front. Apparently, the corn that one must grow to produce ethanol is requiring too much pure, unspoiled land.
Environmentalists who once championed biofuels as a way to cut pollution are now turning against a U.S. program that puts renewable fuels in cars, citing higher-than-expected carbon dioxide emissions and reduced wildlife habitat.
More than a decade after conservationists helped persuade Congress to require adding corn-based ethanol and other biofuels to gasoline, some groups regret the resulting agricultural runoff in waterways and conversion of prairies to cropland -- improving the odds that lawmakers might seek changes to the program next year.
"The big green groups that got invested in biofuels are tacitly realizing the blunder," said John DeCicco, a research professor at the University of Michigan Energy Institute who previously focused on automotive strategies at the Environmental Defense Fund. "It’s really hard for the people who really -- shall we say -- hate oil viscerally, to think that this alternative that we’ve been promoting is today worse than oil."Wow. It is almost as if lefties don't think through the consequences of their policies...
Actually, the nub is revealed in the last paragraph, greenies are so driven to rage by the thought of hydrocarbons that they can't think straight. The whole ethanol idiocy has led to, principally, massive overplanting of corn which has meant higher food prices and natural habitat encroachment. Way to go Exxon Haters!
RTWT, the greenies were wrong on every count - lower emissions, increase wildlife habitat, all of it. It would be funny if it wasn't so sad. But hey, let's listen to these dodos on the next big dumb idea.