Ethanol: On the Tube

January 19, 2011

In the last decade, ethanol production in the U.S. has increased to over 10 million gallons. For most of that time, a small minority has been warning Americans that—as an alternative automotive fuel—ethanol is really no alternative at all. Many of these mainstream television reports warning about the evils of ethanol have been preserved on YouTube.

Here’s a short list of clips, all relevant and worth watching.

NBC News reports on a 2008 scientific study that showed how the removal of indigenous plants (grass, trees, etc) to make room for corn and sugar crops used of ethanol doubles the amount of global warming pollution.

Skyrocketing food prices. Bad for the future of farming. Glenn Beck in 2008 called the government’s support for ethanol fuel “the worst idea since Stalin’s five-year plan” and “a fuel that was never meant to power anything but political campaigns.”

Ethanol is cleaner, renewable, will slow global warming, and save the environment. These fallacies topped the list in a 2007, ABC 20/20 report—“Myths, Lies, and Downright Stupidity”—with John Stossel.

Nick Hollis of Washington D.C.’s Agribusiness Council calls ethanol a big scam on Fox News in 2007

In 2007, on CNBC, Marlo Lewis, a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, explains the many problems with ethanol.