In an effort to reduce dependance on foreign oil and also help deal with the alleged crisis of global warming, the government’s push for ethanol has been greatly expanded. But according to a recent article by Dr. Patrick Michaels, this will do little to address climate change, but much to raise food prices. Michaels notes that even if 20% of our current gasoline consumption were replaced, it would reduce total U.S. emissions by less than 7%, and prevent only two-hundredths of one degree Fahrenheit in warming over the next century. Since world prices for corn and beans have doubled in recent years, and wheat prices have tripled, the idea of using more and more crop land to grow fuel may not be universally praised.

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