Re: Fwd: Ethanol's a Big Scam
- =v= Given the source, it's understandable that they'd portray
the Shrub as somehow an innocent dupe in all this. There was
a previous op-ed in _Forbes_ that even blamed environmentalists
for this folly:
=v= There are plenty of superfically-green people out there who
have environmental leanings but don't bother to think things
through, and no doubt a number of them are roped in by this
scam, but they are not the ones driving it. It's being driven
by the businesses who are looking for investment money (and, no
doubt, government subsidy) for their efforts.
=v= To run it down, the basic approach here is to take biomass
high in cellulose (formerly suitable as compost), soak it in
chemicals (toxicity unknown), and add genetically-modifified
microbes ('nuff said) to break it down into ethanol. All to
wastefully keep running cars with. Not one part of that is of
environmental or social benefit.
=v= The Shrub supports it because some of his friends (or new
friends) will cash in on it, and also because it represents no
actual threat to the nation's addiction to oil.