The Ethanol Effect: When Alternative Fuels Go Bad

Why corn-based fuel isn't our miracle cure for oil dependency.

"everything about ethanol is good, good, good," crows Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley, echoing the conventional wisdom that corn-based ethanol will help us kick the oil habit, line the pockets of farmers, and usher in a new era of guilt-free motoring. But despite the wishes of Iowans (and the candidates courting them) the "dot-corn bubble" is too good to be true.

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The Ethanol Effect