Gore Says Corn Ethanol Was Poor Idea

I’m glad that Mr. Gore has finally started paying attention to everything I’ve been writing on this issue. Or that he sees no drawback to telling the truth now that billions have been wasted and food supply issues magnified:

“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.

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“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.”

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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.”

There we have it, folks. Nothing about how ethanol was going to save the planet. Nothing about how it was going to do away with foreign oil. Just pandering to a constituency in the hopes of winning a political contest.

One wonders if he is willing to now contribute to solving the problem which he is at least partially responsible for creating? He has quite a bit of wealth which could be used to help, but I doubt that his remorse is more than superficial–and largely a result of his trying to maintain relevance as more and more people question not only his scientific presuppositions, but his motivations.