02 April 2007

You Said a Mouthful, Bill

Well, ain't that a corker:
An unpublished (!) federal report appears to undermine the belief that commercially available ethanol-blended fuel produces cleaner emissions than regular gasoline. The federal Conservative government committed $2 billion in incentives for ethanol, made from wheat and corn, and biodiesel in last week's budget. But based on Ottawa's own research, critics say the investment is based more on myth than hard science.

Bill Rees, an ecology professor at the University of British Columbia and longtime opponent of ethanol, has read the report and thinks Canadians need to know its conclusions. "I must say, I'm a little surprised at that, because it seems to fly in the face of current policy initiatives," he said. "People are being conned into believing in a product and paying for it through their tax monies when there's no justifiable benefit and indeed many negative costs."
I wonder how W's Big Oil Cronies "got" to Ottawa this time.

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