The Politics of Ethanol

by Dr. David B. Axelrod

Let’s burn food for fuel.
We have too many hungry
people. Some can starve—
economic survival of the fittest.

Turn corn into ethanol.
Push food prices up.
Pay no attention to that
man behind the screen
or all the studies that say
even large-scale production
isn’t cost or energy efficient.

It isn’t lack of oil forcing
us toward bio-fuel. It’s
too much of it—too much
oil-industry power distracting
us from better batteries,
solar chargers, cheap,
powerful electric cars.

Don’t get me started on
the lack of good mass transit
that would get people to work
without cars, so they make
a few dollars, feed their families
on cheaper food, the price
of which was not inflated
by making ethanol.

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