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I hadn’t planned on writing about this, but the more I think about it, the more aggravated I become. While Jay and I were attempting to enjoy our 2-year anniversary in New Hampshire last month, I came across an article in USA Today discussing how the EPA is allowing the amount of ethanol used in gasoline to go from 10% to 15%. Not sure if you read my blog post about corn, but I mentioned the fact that part of the¬†industrially-farmed corn is used to make ethanol.

On the surface, this may seem like a good thing: less dependence on foreign oil and lower gas prices. But really, it’s costing us a lot more. Not only is it bad for the environment, but we will end up spending more in the long run. Less oil in your gasoline means fewer miles to the gallon. So you’ll be making more frequent trips to the gas station. Oh joy!

On top of that, it supports the concept of industrial agriculture. The last thing we need is another reason to produce even more corn or take away some corn that would otherwise be used for feedlot animals and processed foods (not that I support that at all, but this would mean the prices for these items would go up).

Finally, this makes a huge statement about how America deals with the environment. Instead of supporting the research and development of alternative fuels/energy, the government finds ways to spend less money on gas at the expense of the taxpayers and planet. Does there need to be some sort of global disaster for them to wake up and finally explore other options? How long do they think we can get away with pillaging our planet?

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