This is a terrific and depressing example of how the Establishment in both parties collude with one another to force policies on the country that actually make our lives worse (remember, they know better). The Iowa kow-towing done every four years by candidates in both parties is sickening--especially when it involves pushing "home-grown corn" in the form of ethanol subsidies. The AP investigation into the damage done by the ethanol movement is staggering:
"With the Iowa political caucuses on the horizon in 2007, presidential candidate Barack Obama made homegrown corn a centerpiece of his plan to slow global warming. And when President George W. Bush signed a law that year requiring oil companies to add billions of gallons of ethanol to their gasoline each year, Bush predicted it would make the country "stronger, cleaner and more secure."
But the ethanol era has proven far more damaging to the environment than politicians promised and much worse than the government admits today.
As farmers rushed to find new places to plant corn, they wiped out millions of acres of conservation land, destroyed habitat and polluted water supplies, an Associated Press investigation found."
The AP then responded to the response with "7 Things to Know about Ethanol."