How the left-leaning environmentalists sang its praises. All kneel to ethanol, the corn-based green fuel destined to slow global warming.
Never mind that the Earth’s surface temperatures have been cooling for years despite Al Gore and his political ilk burning more jet fuel than the USAF.
Okay, the latter is a slight exaggeration, but when you add the deadly cigarette pollution he and his family created by growing and selling tobacco for generations, the environmental damage the Gore family wrought is truly significant.
Enter President Barack Obama. Though President Bush initiated the era of ethanol-based mandates for fuel products, Obama greatly expanded it – even as he baited companies with taxpayers’ money to install thousands of ugly giant energy fans across the country – fans that produce minimal energy while killing birds and blighting the landscape. Another loss for taxpayers occurred when he bankrolled doomed solar companies like Solyndra.
Meanwhile, many politicians who would worship in the political winds of the giant turbine fans complained that installing such monstrous wind farms near their homes would obstruct their Cape Cod views.
However, this is the story of ethanol, the destroyer of small engines that environmentalists claimed would slow ‘global warming and keep New York City above water.
Like government-mandated health care, ethanol turned out to be more of a problem than a solution. As subsidized cornfields sprang up to produce fuel for ethanol, the price of corn, a staple of human sustenance, soared.
Besides polluting engines, Ethanol, it turns out, is a significant source of environmental ruin in some states. From the now infertile soils of southern Iowa to polluted streams dumping fertilizer into drinking water, ethanol is right up there with strip mining when it comes to polluting the Earth.
The difference is, ethanol was sold as an answer to pollution. There was no reason for its mass production beyond the premise of environmental causes promoted by left-leaning environmentalists and politicians.
The Obamacare of environmentalism, ethanol mandates have greatly harmed our environment and the problem is far worse than politicians and the U.S. government reports.
For example, as subsidies and tax breaks and mandates created an agricultural boom for corn farmers, such crops wiped out millions of acres of conservation land, polluted our drinking water and destroyed ecosystems and habitat, according to a recent Associated Press investigation.
Ethanol, the same alternative fuel that shakes apart small engines and causes automobiles to perform less efficiently, is part of a growing environmental disaster. “Five million acres of land set aside for conservation – more than Yellowstone, Everglades and Yosemite National Parks combined – have vanished on President Obama’s watch,” according to the AP report.
The environmental devastation caused by ethanol production in the U.S. is an inconvenient truth to the administration and many so-called “environmentalists.”