I'm posting my comment made on Techdirt in response to a fluff piece of propaganda about the wake of the ethanol subsidies. In my comment which you can read below I forgot to attack the premise of the article/propaganda. So here goes. Big corn/big ethanol/big oil wants to cut out the subsides for corn because they don't really grow all the corn but they do control all the ethanol refineries. So what this peice of propaganda is saying is get rid of the corn subsidies. That part is a no brainer. The why is the better part. Big ethanol will still get it's new and ever increasing subsidies to make ethanol out of corn. At which point they hope to lower the price of corn again and screw the average farmer. But big corn won't suffer because they have politicians in their pocket who will make private subsidies just for big corn. And with that added little insight I give you my original comment:
Ethanol and Big Corn and Big Oil
Connect the dots people. Our politicians haven't supported an alternative fuel much less mandated it's use ever. And big oil has more money than ever to throw around and squash any alternatives. So guess why they didn't stop ethanol? They are the same company and raising the price of corn while getting a subsidy to grow it is ok with big oil if you are a subsidiary of big oil.
When corn based ethanol was about 96 cents a gallon on the commodities market and Brazilian sugar cane based ethanol was about 52 cents a gallon big oil/corn had congress pass about a 44 cents tax on Brazilian sugar cane based ethanol.
52 + 44 = 96 Get it?
It's not a conspiracy just economics. Big corn is so tightly bound to big oil and has been since the days of refer madness. Corn is a crappy crop. Corn leeches all the nutrients out of the soil. Corn needs tons of fertalizer made from ammonia a by product of the oil refinery process. Big oil likes corn. That is why corn is subsidized. Other crops like hemp which magically got grouped with the canibus ban are much better producers as a crop and leave the soil in better shape than when they were planted. i.e. No need for ammonia based fertilizers. Big corn had hemp crops burned to the ground after the hemp tax stamp act/scam was created. By our government not issuing hemp tax stamps even to this day all hemp crops with out the hemp tax stamp are illegal. There is no process in place to get a hemp tax stamp. Our tax dollars at work. Squashing the open market one cheap and environmently friendly product at a time while funding propaganda to make it all seem like common sense.
Back to ethanol. Ethanol has always been an alternative fuel. Bo and luke Duke were always on the wrong side of the law for selling/producing it. Remember that episode with the super fuel? They ran their car on it. Imagine that a no toxic fuel that is better than gasoline but runs in cars without conversion. And its been available all this time. What a big surprise that it's only been legal on farms for farm nachinery use only all this time. Big oil have a hand in it? Kind of a rhetorical question. So that 10% ethanol mandate they sell with their propaganda and we eat it up. They used to let you have 0% ethanol in your tank and now they let you have 10% time to celebrate. Ha, not very funny.
And what exactly did you think farm aid was about or did you get short term memory loss from all that corn syrup in everything you eat. First we bankrupt small farms because those people are outside of the system. That means they are self sufficient or didn't you know they stick blue dye in farm based ethanol in farms? If you were from a farm town you'd know because the cops would be pulling you over periodically to check your tank with a stick to see if your fuel was blue. Big oil can't go letting the free market keep your money out of their pockets. That would be unamerican. Then the banks/oil/big growers swoop in and pick up all that land cheap and grow corn on it in preparation for ethanol. Corn based ethanol being the only way for americans to pay for their gasoline several times over via subsides on corn.
Watch Who Killed the Electric Car? if you want to get your head around the hydrogen economy propaganda. Wind power is already getting squashed by the new requirement that the FAA has to approve new wind towers. See hemp tax stamp above for a clue. i.e. put a windmill in your backyard and expect the same treatment as the Dukes of Hazzard get.
I mean what kind of idiot doesn't see all the free energy sources provided as side effects of the sun all around them everyday. It made me think why doesn't every city with a river accessible to them harness that power with a water wheel or 300? It is renewable and for all practical purposes unlimited and free. Are they that unobservant or are they hamstrung by big oil. Cause you can bet after our politicians give out water power rights the same as they did for oil to big oil you'll be paying for it twice at a minimum and be thanking them for doing it because of the propaganda.
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