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We should examine all the facts and oppose government subsidies and incentives for corn-based ethanol.

The energy input versus output make it a net loser. It takes 1.29 gallons of gasoline to make the ethanol to replace one gallon of gas at the pump.

Burned ethanol exhaust has more toxic ozone than gas.

Ethanol also drives up the price of corn. Corn as a major source of food forces many hungry people to pay more.

Added incentive for farmers to plant more of a genetically modified version of corn could lead to unknown long-term environmental consequences.

The reason ethanol is being hyped as a solution is because it attracts billions in government subsidies most of which goes to big agribusiness. The agribusiness lobby then funds the politician's campaign who in turn hypes the ethanol .

Corn-fed pork is not the answer. Our lawmakers should not fund these subsidies.

Alan Langrall

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