Madam Speaker, as a growing number of political leaders jump on the ethanol bandwagon, people across the world are dying of starvation. The increasing shift of America's agricultural industry from food production to biofuel production is contributing to mass food shortages on a global scale. Riots have broken out in Haiti, Egypt, Burkina Faso, and Cameroon as food prices soar to unprecedented levels.
According to the U.N., "it takes 232 kg of corn to fill a 50-liter car tank with ethanol. That is enough to feed a child for a year." Contrast that against the fact that, ``if every bushel of U.S. corn, wheat, rice and soybean were used to produce ethanol, it would only cover about 4% of U.S. energy needs on a net basis''.
Why are we wasting our resources here? Ethanol is not even proven to be environmentally friendly. In fact, a recent article from the AP stated that, "The widespread use of ethanol from corn could result in nearly twice the greenhouse gas emissions as the gasoline it would replace because of expected land-use changes."
We need to wake up and take a real look at current energy policy and actually consider the consequences of simply hopping on every global warming fad that comes along. Responsibility and foresight are critical to the decisions this Congress makes. This current ethanol policy needs to be changed.
And that's just the way it is.