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Gore: I pushed ethanol for political purposes

Hey, Al, thanks for the Internet and stuff, but I could have done without my grocery bill spiking just to “fuel” your presidential (and environut street cred) ambitions.  Details:

Former U.S. vice-president Al Gore said support for corn-based ethanol in the United States was “not a good policy”, weeks before tax credits are up for renewal.

U.S. blending tax breaks for ethanol make it profitable for refiners to use the fuel even when it is more expensive than gasoline. The credits are up for renewal on Dec. 31.

Total U.S. ethanol subsidies reached $7.7 billion last year according to the International Energy Industry, which said biofuels worldwide received more subsidies than any other form of renewable energy.

“It is not a good policy to have these massive subsidies for (U.S.) first generation ethanol,” said Gore, speaking at a green energy business conference in Athens sponsored by Marfin Popular Bank.

“First generation ethanol I think was a mistake. The energy conversion ratios are at best very small.

“It’s hard once such a programme is put in place to deal with the lobbies that keep it going.”

So why was he so gung-ho about ethanol in the first friggin’ place?  Simple: political gain.

He explained his own support for the original programme on his presidential ambitions.

“One of the reasons I made that mistake is that I paid particular attention to the farmers in my home state of Tennessee, and I had a certain fondness for the farmers in the state of Iowa because I was about to run for president.”

Gotta make those corn farmers in Iowa happy if you want to get that early nod in the primary and the later nod in the general election, no?

If you ever wonder why food prices have jumped, the answer is that when people stick food in their fuel tanks, there is a shortage of food to stick in people’s gullets.  Gore knows that:

A food-versus-fuel debate erupted in 2008, in the wake of record food prices, where the biofuel industry was criticised for helping stoke food prices.

Gore said a range of factors had contributed to that food price crisis, including drought in Australia, but said there was no doubt biofuels have an effect.

“The size, the percentage of corn particularly, which is now being (used for) first generation ethanol definitely has an impact on food prices.

“The competition with food prices is real.”

Ethanol has been a bust.  It is less fuel-efficient than fossil fuels, and in many engines (especially boat engines), it actually does damage.  Yet due to political connections, the taxpayer is forced to subsidize this failure.  And you know d#mn well this boondoggle is going to get its subsidies renewed, don’t you?


November 22, 2010 - Posted by | economic ignorance, environuts, global warming, Gore


  1. I’m not shocked that his motivations were political. Just as I’m not shocked that feminism and so called Civil Rights Leaders like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton’s motivations are political. That explains why these groups and individuals are morally bankrupt.

    Comment by SojournerLove | November 23, 2010

  2. I meant so called Civil Rights groups and their so called spokesmen Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton.

    Comment by SojournerLove | November 23, 2010

  3. “Yet due to political connections, the taxpayer is forced to subsidize this failure.”

    Anything which requires the taxpayer to susidize is by nature a failure. It is otherwise a viable product in which the free market eagerly and voluntarily invests.

    Comment by TheBad | November 24, 2010

  4. […] been a staunch defender of ethanol…and federal subsidies for ethanol!  Dude, even the Father of the Internet admits that ethanol is a massive failure and does nothing to address “clean” energy, energy […]

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  5. What we realy need to do is harness all that HOT AIR comming from gores big fat piehole

    Comment by SPURWING PLOVER | March 30, 2011

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