Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Ethanol: Reason 4,265 Why Politics Suck

T. Boone Pickens was interviewed by the LA Times recently. The entire interview is worth a read, but I wanted to highlight one thing in particular. See, T. Boone was Bob Dole's energy advisor when he ran for president in '96. T. Boone doesn't like ethanol now, and he didn't like it then either. But this is what he said about a conversation he had with Dole during the campaign:
"Let me explain something to you about politics: There are 21 farm states, and that's 42 senators. Don't go any further." I'm getting the picture. I said, "They want ethanol." He said, "They're going to have ethanol." And so he said, "Don't waste any more of our time or your time telling us it's a bad idea, because they're going to do it."
Never mind that it's a "crime against humanity" to use corn for ethanol. No matter that food prices have skyrocketed worldwide, causing food riots and starvation. We've got 42 farm state senators to coddle.


Scott Hinrichs said...

The Wall Street Journal's Holman W. Jenkins thoroughly trounces Mr. Pickens' "energy plan" in this article.

blamin said...

Excellent post! For more crimes against humanity perpetrated by enviro-wacko’s research the DDT farce.

The Lady Logician said...

I came here from Minnesota (a farm state) where I have been banging my head against the ethanol devotees for the last two years! You are absolutely correct - it is unconscionable that we would burn food (corn) for fuel - especially where there is an ethanol technology (sugar cane from Brazil) that is tariffed to death!


Unknown said...

now this I absolutely agree with. Down With Ethanol. Down with lobbyists interfering in our energy policies, or any other policies for that matter.