Issue120 – The environmental problem with Ethanol
Introduction..A new study from the University of Wisconsin researchers shows that crop expansion in the U.S. from 2008 to 2012 emitted 115 million tons of CO2 and that much of that can be attributed to biofuels. It was during that time period that policy-driven biofuels production increased.
Why the increase…The researchers said that the carbon emitted from land clearing of soils runs contrary to the intent to reduce climate change and rather increases it instead. It can take hundreds of years to recapture carbon stored in the soil.
An earlier report in this newsletter…The Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change (“IPC.”) in its Reports (WGI and WGIII) said, “Biofuels have direct, fuel‐cycle GHG emissions that are typically 30–90% lower than those for gasoline or diesel fuels. However, since for some biofuels indirect emissions—including from land use change—can lead to greater total emissions than when using petroleum products, policy support needs to be considered on a case by case basis” (IPCC 2014 Chapter 8). To read continue reading click here.
In conclusion…Did you catch that both reports said that the production of corn-based Ethanol can increase pollution? The original purpose of Ethanol was to reduce our dependence on OPEC produced oil. Now the frackers have done that and changed the balance of oil production power in the world. And since it appears Ethanol production can lead to greater emissions, it’s now time to end this Federal Government subsidy and let the markets work.