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The EPA's mandate for corn-based ethanol biofuel is a bad idea

The EPA's mandate for corn-based ethanol biofuel is a bad idea

The Environmental Protection Agency announced an increase last week in the amount of corn-based ethanol and other renewable fuels that oil companies must add to the nation's gasoline supply. While the new standard of 18 billion gallons in 2016 — most of it ethanol brewed from corn — is lower than what Congress mandated, it is still far too high for the environment, and for the economy. In fact, the entire mandate program was and is a bad idea.

This page has a long history of backing clean energy and efforts to reduce greenhouse emissions, but converting corn to ethanol to burn in cars doesn't do much to get us there. In fact, recent...

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