Ett utmärkt artikel av Lorrie Goldstein om etanolvansinnet och alla de problem som denna satsning medför. I det här fallet så handlar det om politikern Dalton McGuinty (Premier of Ontario sedan 23/10-03).
Han påminner INTE SÅ LITE om våra inhemska varianter som med full fart fortsätter med dessa gigantiska satsningar på etanol oavsett ALLA larmrapporter och problem som finns med etanolen (se bl.a. mitt tidigare inlägg: Avgasutsläppen från etanol är STÖRRE och VÄRRE än från bensinbilar!)
Som det enkla faktum att om man tar med hela produktionskedjan vid tillverkning av etanol så är CO2 utsläppen större än för bensin. Det går åt 35-40% mer etanol än med bensin för att köra samma sträcka, Den TOTALA energimängden som går åt för att framställa 1 l etanol är MYCKET större än för 1 l bensin. Etc. Etc.
Men som sagt inget a detta bekymrar vår käcka och intälägänta politiker som tutar och kör för fullt som vanligt i enkelspår!
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Ontario’s magic corn
Food shortages, questionable benefits downplayed as Dr. McGuinty hits the gas pedal on ethanol
By LORRIE GOLDSTEIN, TORONTO SUN,
Sun, April 20, 2008
Thank heavens we have scientific experts like Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty to advise us on really complicated stuff like global warming and its related issues.
Because if we didn’t, we might be wondering whether his government knew what it was doing when it announced in 2005 it was spending $520 million over nine years to subsidize the production of corn-based ethanol, this to replace gasoline and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions in order to fight climate change.
That is, now that it has been discovered global ethanol production has had a few, ahem, unexpected side effects. Things like taking too much agricultural land out of food production, contributing to the soaring price of food, global food shortages, riots, starvation and deforestation, leading to even more greenhouse gas emissions, in order to create more land to grow more food, fuel or various combinations thereof.
Fortunately, even though such know-nothings as the World Bank and International Monetary Fund think this is a problem, Dr. McGuinty, who earned his double PhD in economics and science from Cross-Your-Fingers University at the Nirvana Campus of Never-Never Land, knows better.
Indeed, as he pronounced on the issue last week, Ontario’s subsidization of corn-based ethanol production is not a major factor in driving up food prices.
Rather, he said, ”a whole bunch of circumstances” are responsible.
For those of you unfamiliar with the scientific term ”a whole bunch” it means ”a lot.”
Thus, Dr. McGuinty is explaining that lots of factors are contributing to escalating food prices.
However, relying on his years of study of biofuels, economics and climate change, Dr. McGuinty is able to state with confidence that the growing international consensus that biofuel production — particularly of corn-based ethanol — is definitely one of those factors, is incorrect.
At least as far as Ontario is concerned.
Further, the fact that a growing number of experts argue corn-based ethanol is the most environmentally suspect of the biofuels in terms of actually reducing greenhouse gas emissions, does not alarm Dr. McGuinty, who has decreed there must be an average of 5% ethanol in all gasoline sold in Ontario.
While he has not specifically addressed this concern, either, someone of his expertise will no doubt have no problem explaining to the public at some future date that there is nothing to be alarmed about.
After all, perhaps Ontario has magic corn.
What can be said with a high degree of confidence is that in less than five years, Dr. McGuinty has become not merely one of Ontario’s renowned experts on global warming, climate change, biofuels, global food prices and all related issues, but one of Canada’s and indeed the world’s.
After all, we know Dr. McGuinty has amassed all his knowledge post-October, 2003, because back then, when he was running in the election which brought him to power, he mentioned not a word about the importance of fighting global warming when he promised to close Ontario’s coal-burning power plants by 2007, because he said, they were contributing to smog and air pollution.
Indeed, they were, and are, but, of course, coal-fired plants, as … uh … almost everyone knows, also emit greenhouse gases and since Dr. McGuinty’s election platform didn’t say word one about them, we can only conclude the issue wasn’t even on his political radar in the fall of 2003.
EXPLANATION TO FOLLOW
All the more reason then, to be impressed with Dr. McGuinty’s mastery of the subject today.
And while it must be pointed out that Dr. McGuinty broke his 2003 promise to close Ontario’s coal-fired generating plants by 2007 — his latest deadline is 2014 — and that he refuses to install scrubbers on these plants to reduce their pollution emissions, because that won’t simultaneously reduce their greenhouse gas emissions — a problem he never even mentioned in 2003 — we can state with a high degree of confidence that it is very likely that whenever he does get around to explaining all this, there will be some perfectly reasonable, logical, scientifically-grounded explanation.
After all, perhaps Ontario has magic coal, as well.