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Lawrence Solomon: Even Environmentalists Tell Trudeau His Ethanol Plan Is Terrible

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by Lawrence Solomon (Financial Post)  Henry Waxman, the U.S. congressman who pushed to cut tailpipe emissions in 2007, is among those who now say biofuels like corn ethanol and soy biodiesel are increasing global warming pollution  —  Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s plan to replace fossil fuels with ethanol and other low-carbon fuels through a “clean fuel standard” — expected to slash greenhouse gas emissions by 30 million tonnes a year by 2030 — faces mounting opposition, especially from a powerful lobby south of the border.

No, not from U.S. President Donald Trump or the Republicans. At least, not yet — officially they’re pretty much in sync with Trudeau on this one, largely because the U.S. is a big exporter of ethanol to Canada. The fierce opposition comes chiefly from the U.S. environmental lobby, which has awakened to one of the most colossal environmental mistakes in its history: the ethanol mandate, part of America’s Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which effectively mandates that 10 per cent of gasoline at the pump consists of ethanol.

The ethanol mandate was born more than a decade ago of good intentions: to reduce tailpipe emissions as part of a larger strategy of tackling global warming.

Waxman now chairs Mighty Earth, a global environmental organization that is spearheading efforts to kill the environmental monster he helped launch.

Reform legislation in the U.S. by environmental-leaning Democrats — New Mexico’s Tom Udall and Vermont’s Peter Welch — is now gathering support in both houses of Congress, aided by an environmental lobby determined to end subsidies to ethanol as well as its mandated use.

In a submission to Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), the Pembina Institute, Environmental Defence Canada, Equiterre and the Conservation Council of New Brunswick questioned whether the benefits from biofuels will be all they’re cracked up to be, noting that ECCC’s methodology ignores the greenhouse gas emissions indirectly created by converting fields and forests to croplands.

(I)t’s only a matter of time before Canadian environmental groups, many of them supported by the same U.S. funders backing the anti-ethanol campaigns south of the border, take it on. Trudeau’s clean fuel standard, not expected to fully arrive until 2030, may be run off the road long before then.    READ MORE

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