Okay, so Planet Gore doesn’t believe in the things eco-savvy progressives do, like “climate change, alternative energy, environmental activism,” and, of course, Al Gore. That is why they spread entertaining disinformation on those subjects, and why I launched the PG Disinfotainment Watch.
So why are there nearly two dozen posts (as of today) attacking corn ethanol — using terms like the “reprehensible ethanol boondoggle” or “ethanol hoax” or repeating the oil industry claim that “ethanol is wreaking havoc on the nation’s refineries.” I have met few if any eco-savvy progressives who think corn ethanol has much value as a climate solution, except possibly as a transition fuel to cellulosic ethanol.
Indeed, anyone else but PG would be hard-pressed to find a clear political label for corn ethanol supporters — heck, President Bush seems to be the biggest cheerleader: In the 2007 State of the Union address, he called for “setting a mandatory fuels standard to require 35 billion gallons of renewable and alternative fuels in 2017 — and that is nearly five times the current target.” And most of that would be corn ethanol.
For PG, though, the culprit is clear: