Fidel Castro & The Economist Agree – Ethanol From Corn is a Bad Idea
|By Ka-bar in BioFuel, Dumb Ideas | April 11, 2007|
Cuba’s ailing dictator roused himself from his sickbed long enough to write a short essay attacking the use of foodstuffs like corn (maize) for motor fuel, calling it among other things “the internationalization of genocide.”
Few people were surprised that one of the last Marxist leaders left in the world would write an article decrying globalization and the idea of turning grain into ethanol for the benefit of the Western first world. What was surprising was that The Economist, one of the leading financial magazines of the capitalist world agrees with Castro. The original article is protected behind a paywall, but it has been duplicated in several other sites including this one.
Biofuels will be an important part of the energy mix in coming decades, but more and more people are seeing cracks in the argument that corn-based ethanol is the right choice for the United States’ auto fleet. It’s politically popular, but not necessarily ‘green.’