Senate Considering Amendment to Eliminate Ethanol Subsidy
In an ever increasing need to find alternative fuel supplies to decrease dependency on foreign fuel that is destroying the environment and robbing the economy I wonder if now is the best time to do this?
Corn is not the most efficient means of producing ethanol for fuel purposes and should be replaced with more efficient means. Namely Switchgrass, which not only has been reported as being more efficient in it’s production but is also better on the land and doesn’t need to compete with food production. http://bit.ly/jG2YcO
Farmers have reported that they could use Switchgrass during the crop rotation periods when they are paid to leave their land fallow as they have to have land coverage and Switchgrass could serve this purpose. They state that it is a great way of land conservation. http://bit.ly/lJ9mHw
Switchgrass also has the added benefit of being able to be grown in areas that can’t be farmed for food production. This means added jobs, and more food.
So the Republicans are fighting to remove competition for the oil companies and the Democrats are trying to fight to maintain the corn based ethanol.
I wonder why we are not taking into consideration the Republican’s point that Corn is causing a food shortage, and that it is not making that big of an impact on the environment when we have something that can solve both those problems?
I also wonder why we would want to raise the cost of gas at the pump which is what would happen if we cut the ethanol subsidy.
Senate considering amendment that would eliminate ethanol subsidy
The U.S. Senate may vote as early as today on an amendment that would eliminate one of the major government subsidies for the production of corn-based ethanol.
The Hill reports:
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Those who grow corn and those who make ethanol love this subsidy, but many experts say that it drives up the price of food and skews agricultural land use toward corn that would be better used for other crops, all with little to no benefit for the environment.