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April 15, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Ethanol and food prices

Inefficient fuel additive shouldn’t be used at all

The problem with corn-based ethanol is that the option is still entertained at all [“Report: Ethanol raises cost of nutrition programs,” seattletimes.com, Business & Technology, April 10].

Objective statistics have shown its detrimental effects on food supply: It diminishes availability and elevates cost. Empirical data has proved its inefficiency, showing it takes more ethanol to drive an equal distance possible on a gallon of gasoline, which also obliterates any environmental advantage.

Remaining proponents are simply those with a financial stake in the matter, indifferent to its vast failings and hardened to the multipronged malignancy affecting all, but in particular the poor. Greed’s concern is only with itself, no matter the mask it hides behind.

— Michael E. White, Brush Prairie

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