Corn Ball Economics

A more appropriate color for those Americans who wear their green bonafides on their sleeves to show their moral superiority over the rest of us fossil fuelers is black — as in coal.

While this isn’t the direct finding of a University Of Minnesota study , it is the upshot.

“Vehicles powered by corn ethanol and EVs powered by coal are the worst” when it comes to “impacts on human health,” researchers found. They are even worse for the enviroment, they say, than gasoline-powered cars.

The trouble with electric plug-in cars is that, in some regions, the electricity pumped into the battery is generated by coal. As IBD colleague Terry Jones says, these are really coal-powered cars, not electric vehicles.

And just think of all the corn that goes into ethanol that isn’t going into some starving kids mouth., shame on you Liberals!! 🙂

But the eternal wisdom of government has deemed it wise and here we are. Government making more problems than solutions.

And the high-and-mighty oh-s0 sanctimonious Liberal.

See my old blog:

But we’re talking emotions over logic again. 🙂

A new study published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences echoes his finding that green cars aren’t very green at all.

The AP reports: 

“It’s kind of hard to beat gasoline” for public and environmental health, said study co-author Julian Marshall, an engineering professor at the University of Minnesota. “A lot of the technologies that we think of as being clean … are not better than gasoline.”

The key is where the source of the electricity all-electric cars. If it comes from coal, the electric cars produce 3.6 times more soot and smog deaths than gas, because of the pollution made in generating the electricity, according to the study that is published Monday by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. They also are significantly worse at heat-trapping carbon dioxide that worsens global warming, it found.

The study examines environmental costs for cars’ entire life cycle, including where power comes from and the environmental effects of building batteries.

“Unfortunately, when a wire is connected to an electric vehicle at one end and a coal-fired power plant at the other end, the environmental consequences are worse than driving a normal gasoline-powered car,” Ken Caldeira of the Carnegie Institution for Science told AP.

Ouch. (townhall)

So you do what the Obama EPA wants to do, eliminate Coal. Problem solved! 🙂

The Associated Press is running a terrific and long investigative article, “The Secret, Dirty Cost of Obama’s Green Power Push,” on the environmental downsides of the ethanol fuel mandate. From the AP…

…the ethanol era has proven far more damaging to the environment than politicians promised and much worse than the government admits today.

As farmers rushed to find new places to plant corn, they wiped out millions of acres of conservation land, destroyed habitat and polluted water supplies, an Associated Press investigation found.

Five million acres of land set aside for conservation — more than Yellowstone, Everglades and Yosemite National Parks combined — have vanished on Obama’s watch.

Landowners filled in wetlands. They plowed into pristine prairies, releasing carbon dioxide that had been locked in the soil.

Sprayers pumped out billions of pounds of fertilizer, some of which seeped into drinking water, contaminated rivers and worsened the huge dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico where marine life can’t survive.

The consequences are so severe that environmentalists and many scientists have now rejected corn-based ethanol as bad environmental policy. But the Obama administration stands by it, highlighting its benefits to the farming industry rather than any negative impact.

Farmers planted 15 million more acres of corn last year than before the ethanol boom, and the effects are visible in places like south central Iowa. (Reason)

The Agenda is the Agenda and Liberals are never wrong because they always have the best of intentions. 🙂


So again, just eliminate Coal and the Problem is solved, right? 🙂

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