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Sunday, July 27, 2008

"Slow down the ethanol juggernaut"

Reasonable people can disagree. When I find myself differing with a reasonable person, my first goal is to find the basis for the disagreement.

It will almost always boil down to a value judgment somewhere. Once I understand the value judgment, I can understand the other person's position.

The "ethanol juggernaut" is a failure, and I can not find the value judgment upon which the program is based.

Originally, misguided but well-meaning people supported the program in an effort to wean the U.S. off foreign oil. I understand that.

But now that it has proven to be a massive failure, what value judgment keeps it alive? Do some people think that rising food prices (that hit the poor hardest of all) are worth whatever benefit ethanol provides?

Where are these people?

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