Corn prices have double do to corn ethanol demands. U.S. farmers are planting more corn. They aren't doing it organically. They're using nitrogen fertilizers. The runoff is increasing. Millions of pounds (210 estimate) is ending up in the Gulf of Mexico over a year. It adds hugely to a dead zone of 7,000 to 8,000-plus square miles. So the farmers make more money growing more expensive corn while the fishers in the Gulf lose more and more and the environment suffers more and more while ethanol is supposed to be better than gasoline. As we said long ago, corn-ethanol fuel is stupid.

That doesn't even say anything about how the corn isn't feeding hungry people and how hungry people can't afford corn food products so easily anymore. Corn tortillas have been a staple in Mexico for instance.

Also, the whole nitrogen fertilizer production cycle is itself fuel intensive.

There just isn't anything good to say about this whole system.


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    • Martin Mizera

      You are spouting idiotic opinions, mascarading as information, presumably aimed at the ignorant members of your organization (church ?).

      If you so much bemoan the use of self-grown resources, why don't you stop driving, you moron ?

      Do you own shares in oil corporations, or get paid by them for writing this trash ?

      Wake up from your stupor and use your brain muscle !

      • Should I say hello Martin Mizera?

        Do you always come into other people's houses with such a chip on your shoulder? To think there are people who come here and actually find me too frank.

        Well, let's see. You've offered zero information here that anyone might use to improve the environment. Obviously you are enamored with corn ethanol even though it takes more carbon-based fuel to grow it than is saved by using it and even though it wastes good farmland that should be used to feed people and even though it has driven up corn prices and even though it caused countless people in Mexico to go hungry (since the tortillas are a staple food and mostly corn) and even though much of the corn grown is genetically altered and ruining the natural and organic and healthier and safer strains by cross-pollination and even though the ethanol corn is grown using artificial fertilizers and pesticides and herbicides and even though I'm for solar energy and wind energy and all-electric cars and such and even though I haven't burned a tank of gas in three years and even though over 90% of my utilities are from wind generators and even though I own zero stocks of any kind...

        What were you saying about opinions and being an idiot and moron and in a stupor? So who pays you? Who abused you too? Have you faced up to it, or do you lie to yourself about it? The reason I know you were abused is because you're so hardhearted. No softhearted person would come here without bothering to find out a thing before spouting off as you have as if I'm a fan of Exxon. Why don't you do a search on this site on the term "Exxon" and get an education.

        Also, stop taking out your hard feelings on everyone else. Stop transferring the abusive behavior. Have it stop with you. Suck it up.

        If you're offended by this, just re-read your comment. You ought to go have a long cry about how merciless you are. Do you want to be shown mercy, or do you want to be on the receiving end of your own standard of how you treat others without cause. You had no call, no justification, to write what you did.

        Do you know how selfish and harmful you are?

        "But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire." (Matthew 5:22 KJVR)

        "without a cause" That's referring to you. You're in danger of the judgment. You're in danger of the council. You're in danger of hell fire. Do you understand the gravity of the situation here? You better repent and atone and not backslide.

        Would you be with Unicorn Chemical LLC? Do you think I'm not connected?

        UNICORN is a Michigan-based industrial consulting company, established in 2001 in Northville, west of Detroit, for the purpose of trade and production of chemicals, especially those derived from agriculture, such as biofuels.

        You better think hard. Did you read the comment policy before you posted your comment?

        Without thinking or checking or asking but rather just going out on a rampage, you assumed I was writing something consistent with this Libertarian think-tank (laissez-faire capitalist) piece of oil-industry propaganda didn't you. You're reckless. You're dangerous to your own cause. I'm a vastly better environmentalist than are you, and that's not saying much.