Ethanol is like Duke basketball — it brings together all sorts of people in opposition. Its environmental downsides are large, it depends entirely on government subsidies, and it makes food more expensive.
James H. “Smokey” Shott has a column in the Bluefield Daily Telegraph (W.Va.) about the strange bedfellows brought together when the EPA reversed course and decided to boost the allowable blend of ethanol in gasoline:
What do Friends of the Earth, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Sierra Club and the Center for Coastal Conservation have in common with the Petroleum Marketers Association of America, the Consumer Federation of America, the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council, the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers and the Center for Auto Safety?
And what do those two groups have in common with the Union of Concerned Scientists and the American Conservative Union? What strange force can unite these diverse organizations?
Would you believe that they are united against a proposed action by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)?