Rolling Stone on the “ethanol scam”

Written by Luke

Topics: Agribusiness, Oil

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rs_cover.jpgMy father and I carry on a regular exchange of periodicals. For some reason my housemate has an unwanted subscription to Rolling Stone. I don’t read it, but my dad is a huge fan (it’s a generational thing). So I mail him every issue of Rolling Stone in exchange for his old issues of The Economist (their viewpoint aside, it’s an essential publication). So we each save some money and even a little bit of paper on the magazines we want to read.

When I saw the cover of the most recent issue, however, I actually had to stop and crack open the magazine before stuffing it into the envelope—to read this:

Ethanol Scam: Ethanol Hurts the Environment And Is One of America’s Biggest Political Boondoggles

The article isn’t news to us here at RAN, but it might be to a lot of people like my father who might never have heard about the downside of agrifuels. Good on you, Rolling Stone. But, with all due respect, I’ll still take my sharp British economic analysis over stories about washed-up hair bands.

Oh, and don’t miss this post over at R-Squared Energy Blog (the author, an energy insider, was quoted in the article).

3 Comments For This Post I'd Love to Hear Yours!

  1. Ross says:

    Speaking as the “Father,” mentioned above, I’d like to point out that I have long held the opinion that agribusiness subsidies distort the economy and result in what is effectively a hidden tax on working people’s food. If ethanol becomes the huge industry that is planned by some, the same type of hidden tax will go on gasoline. Ethanol has no demonstrated ecological value and I see no reason pay any taxes to wealthy agribusiness interests. As for Rolling Stone… it has better pictures than The Economist.

  2. Paul says:

    May Mother Earth and Father Sky smile upon you both.
    Ross, I gotta side with you on the periodicals.
    Luke is correct though, The Rolling Stone is a generational thing.
    Here’s to better living through nature.

  3. Stan says:

    Axl Rose (aka William Bailey) is from my hometown in smalltown Indiana, so I have to stick up for hair bands. For that reason and since ethanol is still a misunderstood issue to a lot of Midwesterners–it took me a while to figure out that Indiana wouldn’t be the new Saudi Arabia–I’ll applaud Rolling Stone while you read the Economist while sipping your soy latte, yuppie elitist*.

    *Okay, so I happen to know that Luke likes his coffee black, but the rest still stands. :)

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