Now the ethanol industry wants our government to require us to use 15 percent, 20 percent or even 25 percent ethanol in our gasoline. (3/7, A-1).
Do they think we've already forgotten the consequences of using just 10 percent ethanol? The huge increase in the cost of food last year was attributed, in part, to the tens of millions of acres of farmland planted for fuel instead of food.
What about the environment? Corn required huge amounts of fertilizer to grow, and the increased planting of corn for ethanol has created massive run-off contamination. In addition, ethanol from corn requires large amounts of water to produce - 1,700 gallons of water for one gallon of ethanol, by some estimates. And burning ethanol in cars creates ozone. In the past, St. Louis has received a waiver from the 10 percent ethanol mandate because of the increased air pollution that would have occurred.
What about mileage? My actual (not hypothetical) highway mileage is 7 to 10 percent less with E-10 (10 percent ethanol, 90 percent gasoline) than with 100 percent gasoline.
We need green solutions that are real and serve the public interest, not just a special interest.