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Re: Fwd: Ethanol's a Big Scam

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  • Jym Dyer
    =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
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 2, 2006
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      =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:

      http://www.forbes.com/free_forbes/2006/0410/100.html

      =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.
      <_Jym_>
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