>>Times: Obama has ties to ethanol interests
June 23, 2008, 5:09 pm
Filed under: Policy

A front page story in today’s New York Times carries the headline “Obama Camp Closely Linked With Ethanol.”

Right now, that apparently means corn ethanol. Illinois is the second-largest producer of corn, after Iowa. Sen. Obama has expressed support for the tariffs that keep Brazilian ethanol out of the U.S. market. The article says nothing about the future of domestic cane ethanol.

Corn ethanol may turn out to be a bridge technology to renewable feedstocks that are dramatically less dependent on fossil-based fertilizers, along with fossil cultivation, transport and processing fuels. Meanwhile, it’s nice to know that Midwestern polticians are crossing that bridge.

Sunday’s Op-Ed page carried a rant from Thomas Friedman that’s well worth reading. He says that the Bush energy plan is to intensify our addiction to oil. He writes:

Actually, it’s more sophisticated than that: Get Saudi Arabia, our chief oil pusher, to up our dosage for a little while and bring down the oil price just enough so the renewable energy alternatives can’t totally take off. Then try to strong arm Congress into lifting the ban on drilling offshore and in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.


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