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The 5 Most Maddening Myths about Corn and Ethanol

Submitted by on January 12, 2015 – 2:33 pmNo Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Food vs Fuel, emissions, cost competitiveness, and RINsanity. Some of the most unfair bricks hurled at corn starch-based ethanol — and here’s why. …

In the field of renewable fuels, there’s no technology that’s done more growing up in the public eye than the processing of corn starch into distillers grains, CO2, ethanol and corn oil. And, consequently, there’s no technology more beset with myths originating in its novelty and infancy.

The internet is replete with images of ears of corn “stuffed” (via Photoshop) into fuel tank intake valves (as seen in the lead image for today’s story, from rainforest-rescue.org)— as if that was exactly what was going on. And the usual suspects, armed with a persuasive collection of old or discredited “data”, persist in spreading a number of myths that are right up there with tossing a pinch of spilled salt over your shoulder to ward off bad luck.

Looking at the long-term, corn starch is just one feedstock of many, ethanol is just one fuel out of many. But the low-cost and relatively ease of scale-up has resulted in corn starch and ethanol dominating the biofuels scene for several years now — to the extent that many members of the public equate the two. In fact, it’s been difficult for technologies that offer alternative fuels to ethanol, or alternative feedstocks to corn starch, to get the attention and support they deserve, in many cases, because of the negative myths surrounding corn starch ethanol that have been extended to biofuels as a whole.

Let’s today look at the 5 most persistent myths.

Myth #1. Uncompetitive on cost. …

Myth #2. They’re heavily subsidized. …

Myth #3. Spiking RIN prices will spike the cost of gasoline. …

Myth #4. Food vs fuel. …

Myth #5. Corn starch ethanol creates more net carbon emissions than gasoline. …  READ MORE

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