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Congress Imitates Homer Simpson June 22, 2007

Posted by federalist in Energy.
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As people gradually realize that burning food for fuel (i.e., corn-based ethanol for gasoline) isn’t such an economical plan, I am reminded of Homer Simpson who, on discovering that there is a market for waste grease, bought and cooked a side of bacon, fed the meat to the dog, and eagerly took the grease to a recycling plant.

Homer: Okay, boy. This is where all the hard work, sacrifice, and painful scaldings pay off.

Employee: Four pounds of grease … that comes to … sixty-three cents.

Homer: Woo-hoo!

Bart: Dad, all that bacon cost twenty-seven dollars.

Homer: Yeah, but your mom paid for that!

Bart: But doesn’t she get her money from you?

Homer: And I get my money from grease! What’s the problem?

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1. federalist - June 24, 2007

“Historically, the livestock industry has consumed 60% of the nation’s corn crop,” an amusing article in the May 21 WSJ noted.

Growing demand for corn-based ethanol, a biofuel that has surged in popularity over the past year, has pushed up the price of corn, Mr. Smith’s main feed, to near-record levels. Because feed represents farms’ biggest single cost in raising animals, farmers are serving them a lot of people food, since it can be cheaper.

Besides trail mix, pigs and cattle are downing cookies, licorice, cheese curls, candy bars, french fries, frosted wheat cereal and peanut-butter cups.

2. federalist - March 12, 2013

So, how’s the ethanol mandate working out? Not well.


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