Carolyn Lochhead, Feb. 5- One of the more bizarre coalitions ever to form in Washington is trying to kill a creature of Washington: corn ethanol.
The oil industry, environmentalists, taxpayer groups, livestock growers and foreign aid groups all want Congress to repeal the mandate requiring a 15 percent blend of ethanol in gasoline.
More than 40 percent of the U.S. corn crop goes to ethanol, combining with a continuing Midwest drought to drive up corn prices. In a conference call Monday, refiners said it wrecks everything from car engines to outboard motors to chain saws.
Scott Faber, a lobbyist for Environmental Working Group, said ethanol has destroyed more wetlands and grasslands in the last four years than were wrecked in the last 40 and as far as greenhouse gasses go, it is “worse than the Canadian tar sands.”