Magazine article Mother Jones

Recon: MIXED SIGNALS ON ENERGY

Magazine article Mother Jones

Recon: MIXED SIGNALS ON ENERGY

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A week after President Bush declared we're "addicted to oil" in his State of the Union address, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory laid off 32 employees due to a $28 million budget shortfall. * * Two weeks later, Bush visited the lab and restored $5 million in funding, explaining, "I recognize that there has been some interesting mixed signals." * * Bush's energy plan aims to replace 30% of gasoline use with ethanol by 2030. * * Archer Daniels Midland, the world's largest producer of ethanol from corn, has given more than $3 million to politicians since 2000. * * A recent Cornell study found that refining corn-based ethanol burns 29% more fossil-fuel energy than the amount of energy that is produced. * * In 2005, oil companies received $2 billion in tax credits for adding ethanol to their gasoline. * * The average new car sold in the U.S. is 5% less fuel efficient than a car made in the late '80s. …

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