Ethanol backer bashes oil

The OGJ Oct. 23, 2000, editorial, p. 19, "Ethanol backer bashes oil," observes that the government forgoes federal tax amounting to $0.54/gal to make it possible for ethanol producers to compete with producers of other gasoline additives.Archer-Daniels-Midland Co., a major processor of agricultural commodities and an ethanol producer, repeatedly tells us in its ads of the immense challenge facing American farmers in feeding the world's expanding population. But how can we square using ethanol made from corn as a gasoline additive when doing so reduces the world's supply of this basic food commodity? The use of grains to make ethanol is an unconscionable misuse of food products tha...

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