Originally Posted by MJS
The US and the world currently have a plentiful supply of crude oil reserves.
The world also has a significant number of starving and underfed people.
Our government mandates we use food crops to produce fuel thereby reducing the available food supply and driving up the price of the worlds remaining food supply.
This is one of my major issues with the mandate to include ethanol in fuel, another problem is that there is a mandate for it at all. Without the mandate the market for ethanol significantly shrinks; who in their right mind would want to pay the same price for fuel that you get worse fuel economy from? Give people a choice and see what the market decides. If ethanol production is efficient enough without government tampering (i.e. tax breaks or subsidies) to market at a price low enough to justify the loss of economy then they will succeed, if not they will fail.