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Saturday, November 17, 2007

It's not the ethanol that will solve the energy problems

The politics of ethanol outshine its costs

Ethanol’s popularity comes despite charges from environmentalists, livestock farmers, and opponents of subsidies that the move won’t meet energy goals and may damage the environment as food prices soar. Energy-security experts say the measure also falls short on a key goal: weaning America off foreign oil.

Boosting ethanol production is the political equivalent of motherhood and apple pie these days. Politicians on both sides of the aisle as well as presidential candidates eager to do well in Iowa, the nation’s No. 1 ethanol-producing state, are behind the measure, unglamorously named the “Renewable Fuels Standard.” The RFS, part of the energy bill in the Senate, is so popular that it may be enough to ram through energy legislation this year, despite bitter disagreements over other parts of the bills.

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