The government subsidizes corn ethanol to the tune of $6 Billion every year. (That’s 6,000 million dollars for the mathmatically challenged, or about 25 bucks per year for every man, woman, and child in America) For this subsidy, we get:
-More expensive food (since corn is diverted away from food production and towards energy production)
-“Gasoline” that eats away at rubber and brass parts on older cars
-Worse fuel economy than with non-ethanol-infused fuel
On top of that, it actually consumes the equivalent of about a gallon of gasoline to produce a gallon of ethanol. (Whereas you can get about 30 gallons of gasoline into your tank for 1 gallon of equivalent energy usage)
I realize that, in the process of chasing the elusive goals of energy independence and reduced fossil fuel consumption and “green” (blec) power, there are going to be obstacles, hurdles, dead-ends, etc. along the way. The trick will be recognizing when you’ve hit a technological dead end, and cutting bait before too much harm has been done. For ethanol, I think, the time has come to cut bait.
Screw cheap gas. I’m tired of paying $3/ lb for bacon.