I know a couple of things about ethanol, and it's hard to break out the facts from the bullshit, but as best I can tell, it takes 140 gallons of fuel to plow, plant, grow, and harvest an acre of corn. That harvested acre of corn will produce about 328 gallons of ethanol for blending into our gasoline. I don't know how much fuel it takes to convert the raw corn into ethanol and I've seen estimates going both ways, saying that producing ethanol is energy efficient, and I've seen estimates saying that producing ethanol requires more energy than it returns.
However, the one thing I need to know is that the ethanol producers are threatening to sue the EPA. That speaks volumes to me.
Already, some ethanol groups are threatening to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which administers the fuel blending program, if it lowers its volume target.As your basic Tea-Party American, I believe that the market will sort it out, and the government shouldn't be in the market at all. Let the motorists decide. If ethanol is a good deal, it will survive in the market. If it's not a good idea, it will go the way that other not-good ideas went. There's no reason that the government should be setting mandates for fuel blending. The market will sort it out all by itself.
Get the government out of my fuel tank. We became the greatest nation in the world without the EPA. They're non-essential and should stay non-essential.