The Minnesota Corn Growers Association is out with a survey of 800 people that generally gives high marks to corn growers and ethanol. A spokesperson says the survey was not undertaken to be released to the media, but it subsequently was.
Since we've talked about the cost of ethanol-blended gasoline vs. the cost of straight gasoline on News Cut several times in the last month, it's worth pointing out that 55% of the people surveyed don't think it is less expensive and support its production for other reasons.
By the way, 70 percent of those surveyed believe global warming is a fact.
Surveys are interesting. This one may reveal more about our (lack of) education than any actual facts about ethanol as a fuel. This one should embarrass us too.
"This one may reveal more about our (lack of) education than any actual facts about ethanol as a fuel."
No doubt Jim is referring to the 35% of respondents who failed to note that ethanol is better for the environment than petroleum.
How does a fuel that uses more petroluem energy in it's creation than straight petroleum fuel get the label green? And how about that 10% drop in fuel economy we all noticed when 10% ethanol gasoline came in? When Minnesota Sugarcane Growers comes out with a survey, that might be worth publicizing. -Josh of Concord NH
Thanks for dropping by, Josh. Live Free of Ethanol or Die, eh?
BTW, how's that Libertarian takeover of New Hampshire coming along? Let me know when it is complete -- we have a few locals I'd like to ship out East.