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Kevin Van Trump has over 20 years of experience in the grain and livestock industry.
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The only thing wrong about this article is that Ethanol is not "Green" at all and is actually more harmful to the environment than fossil fuels. We are dumping huge amounts of pesticide, fertilizer and herbicide onto our land to produce and inferior fuel that has no economic or environmental benefit. The only reason the stuff is produced is to capture tax subsidies and as a way to politically "buy off" farm state votes from (corporate) farm welfare states like Iowa. Farmers will be taking millions of acres out of conservation (CRP) and putting it into production this year to produce more of the almighty king corn. How on earth is that "Green"? I hope that we can outlaw ethanol from foodstocks, which would finally bring this nonsense to an end. The ethanol industry has created a couple hundred thousand jobs....but it has put MILLIONS of jobs at risk in the larger food industry. The average person is getting hurt by corn ethanol through higher taxes, higer food prices and destruction of the environment particularly water.
Oil is just as green as ethanol. It is made from the sun energy. It just took a couple of million years to do it. If we start using all the energy we get from the sun, there will not be any left to turn into oil in another million years.