What Do Iraq and Ethanol Have in Common?

We’re winning in Iraq and Ethanol is the answer to our Energy and Environmental woes! Turns out Bush’s commitment to fuel produced from corn was as well researched as his war strategy.

Ethanol may pose an equal or greater risk to public health than gasoline according to a Stanford University study out today. Ethanol produces more ground-level ozone than gasoline. Ozone is a key ingredient in smog and can harm lungs even if inhaled at low levels. A spokesperson for the White House Council on Environmental Quality (didn’t know there was such a thing) said she had not reviewed the study, but reiterated the administration’s commitment to ethanol.

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4 Responses to What Do Iraq and Ethanol Have in Common?

  1. lindac says:

    When I’m president (when hell freezes over) and you’re my press secretary (because my son will be living a care-free bachelor existence off his mother’s good fortune and my daughter will be an ex-pat), remind me to say we’ll look forward to getting the study and leave it at that.

  2. Gary Smith says:

    Ethanol has always been a profit center for agri-business. Who do you think was going to grow the billions of bushels of corn? Certainly not the small farmer.

    Hydrogen is a way to allow oil to flow for the forseable future. Most experts say it’s at least 10 years away. And how exactly are they goign to build all the filling stations?

    Didn’t we have electric cars once? Hmmm. See “Who Killed the Electric Car” – it’s on DVD.

    Peace,
    Gary

  3. t.a. says:

    A question I have about hydrogen is that people talk about getting it from the water molecule, but water is becoming scarce in many parts of the world and will be here too. As for the filling stations, I heard that you can just use existing gas stations and fill those underground containers with hydrogen.

  4. Suasoria says:

    I’m not sure about the safety of using hydrogen in existing fuel infrastructure. Hydrogen is difficult to store. It’s far more likely to leak because hydrogen molecules are much smaller than other fuels. It’s quick to ignite, though proponents say it’s no more dangerous or flammable than gasoline. Opponents say it’s ten times more flammable.

    Producing hydrogen is in itself, from water or anything else, is very energy-inefficient…unless you’re using a nuclear reactor.

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