EPA Says Ethanol Damages The Environment — Isn’t It Time To Kill The Program?
Amid all the media hoo-ha over President Trump’s latest tweets, tariffs and the Russia investigation, you might have missed a significant report — the Environmental Protection Agency says ethanol made from corn and soybeans and added to our gasoline has become an environmental disaster. So why do we continue to make it?
The devastating report — based on, yes, actual “science” — shows that the forced addition of ethanol to the nation’s gasoline is making our air dirtier.
The irony, of course, is that ethanol’s entire rationale is that it would make our air cleaner.
Why do we keep doing this? The farm-based ethanol lobby not only wants current standards of up to 10% of our fuel made up of ethanol (the “E10” standard), but would like to see it rise to 15% (E15). And, unfortunately, President Trump seems open to the idea.
Is ethanol really that bad? Well, never mind that there’s a significant amount of evidence that it’s bad for your car, boat or motorcycle engine. That’s bad enough.
But the damage isn’t just from using the ethanol in our fuel; it’s in the entire process involved in radically altering our agricultural sector from growing food to growing an energy supplement.
The increase in ethanol has been significant. In 2008, the U.S. produced roughly 10 billion gallons of ethanol; by 2016, that amount had grown to 16.6 billion barrels, a 67% rise.