Freedom Party of Ontario leader, Paul McKeever, opposes the Government of Ontario's decision, announced today, to grant $520 million to private businesses involved in setting up new ethanol production plants in Ontario.McGimpy and his nannies are justifying this handout with reference to .... surprise! .... health and the environment:
"By supporting the production of ethanol fuel, we're helping farmers, creating jobs in rural Ontario, and moving forward with our plan to reduce greenhouse gases and the harmful emissions that cause smog,'' McGuinty said.McGimpy might want to do a bit of research before making such assertions. From an abstract of a paper available here in pdf format:
First, I demonstrate that more fossil energy is used to produce ethanol from corn than the ethanol’s calorific value. Analysis of the carbon cycle shows that all leftovers from ethanol production must be returned back to the fields to limit the irreversible mining of soil humus. Thus, production of ethanol from whole plants is unsustainable. In 2004, ethanol production from corn will generate 8 million tonnes of incremental CO2, over and above the amount of CO2 generated by burning gasoline with 115% of the calorific value of this ethanol.Update: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation takes a similar stance on the issue.
Friday, June 17, 2005
Posted by Lisa Turner on Friday, June 17, 2005