The Daily Caller states that recent presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty told Corn Belt Iowans Monday that ethanol subsidies must cease. The previous Minnesota governor did not mince words, calling ethanol subsidies an idea that needs to die now. Even though ethanol fuel continues to have its supporters, the escalating criticisms over the fuel’s inefficiency and impact on world food prices makes it questionable, argues Intellectual Takeout.
U.S. farms have to grow corn
When it comes to United States farming, growing corn is very essential. Even traditional bluegrass nuggets like “The Boy Who Wouldn’t Hoe Corn” equate the ability to grow corn with male virility:
“Why do you come for me to wed? Can’t even make your own corn grain. Single I am and will remain; A lazy man I won’t maintain.”
Not always a cultural thing
The United States has become more interested in renewable fuel sources such as ethanol because of the automotive industry’s interest in fuel efficiency. Ethanol fuel production is supported by the National Corn Growers Association and other political lobbies.
Pawlenty is just one of many that do not support the subsidy. He does not think it is worth it. There have already been shortages in corn creating a price surge because grains have been used to produce alternative fuels to gasoline. When it comes to value, Pawlenty puts cheap grain quite high. It is higher than food even is to him. He was able to help manage fiscal challenged in Minnesota while reducing ethanol subsidies. This has given him confidence that he can do the same in the U.S.
“I’m here today to tell Iowans the truth about federal energy subsidies,” said Pawlenty during his presidential candidacy announcement. “(That includes) federal subsidies for ethanol… (They must) be phased out gradually. We need to do it fairly. But we need to do it.”
Will ethanol increase fuel efficiency?
Scientists explain that ethanol fuel has 34 percent less energy per unit of volume. This is when it is compared to traditional gasoline used in vehicles. As much as 50 percent fuel can be used in an ethanol only engine than that of a standard gasoline engine.
The failure to establish a solid connection between ethanol fuel and greater miles per gallon brings ethanol’s viability into question. It may not be possible to add ethanol fuel to the mix considering the idea that Keith Crain and others have that national MGP standards need to go up.
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