Big Corn and Ethanol Hoax

Thursday's Editorial - March 13, 2008


1. What is ethanol?

2. Why did the U.S. government mandate (require) in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 an increase in the amount of ethanol mixed with gasoline?

3. What harmful effects is the government mandated increase in the amount of ethanol used in gasoline having on society and taxpayers?

4. Who does Mr. Williams blame for the government required increase in ethanol use?

5. Ethanol, a gasoline additive, can both stretch our supplies of oil and ease air pollution. And best of all, it's a corn-based product. Although America imports nearly two-thirds of its oil, it grows all the corn it needs and more. So lawmakers required that gasoline contain a given percentage of ethanol to lessen our gas-price problems. Do you think the positive outcomes outweigh the negative? Explain your answer.