I wish ethanol were everything that advocates say it is, but it is terrible that this has been latched on to and proposed to be a solution to our liquid fuels problem.

It's another pro-ethanol paper. There's several things I have problems with.

It would help agriculture (if it were).

Soil erosion is second only to population growth as the biggest environmental problem the world faces. Yet, the problem, which is growing ever more critical, is being ignored because who gets excited about dirt?

Erosion is a slow and insidious process. Yet, controlling soil erosion is really quite simple: The soil can be protected with cover crops when the land is not being used to grow crops.

[Corn-derived ethanol] collects too little energy for all the investments of energy we have to use to produce it.