Classic American cars. Ski boats and pontoons. Harleys. Snowmobiles. They’re all a part of what makes our Pure Michigan life so special. But they’re all also threatened by a broken federal policy known as the Renewable Fuel Standard.
The corn-based fuel has long been subsidized by the government, which should rankle Republicans. It's worse for the environment than gasoline, which should irk Democrats. And ethanol has been shown to drive up food prices, because farmers are devoting more acreage to corn for fuel instead of food.
The scientific and economic reality is that ethanol is much more costly to produce than gasoline, while providing 27 percent lower fuel economy than gasoline on an energy equivalent basis. Hence consumers have to purchase more fuel to drive the same distances.
Ethanol benefits only those groups that sell the raw material comprising it and the politicians who receive their donations while wreaking immeasurable harm on the world’s most economically vulnerable and providing little to no environmental advantages.