It seems crazy, but one of our nation’s biggest green-energy initiatives is destroying wildlife habitat, ruining farmland, and polluting waterways throughout the North America. Check out this piece from the AP to learn more about what’s behind this environmental disaster.
By DINA CAPPIELLO and MATT APUZZO
“CORYDON, Iowa (AP) – The hills of southern Iowa bear the scars of America’s push for green energy: The brown gashes where rain has washed away the soil. The polluted streams that dump fertilizer into the water supply.
Even the cemetery that disappeared like an apparition into a cornfield.
It wasn’t supposed to be this way.
With the Iowa political caucuses on the horizon in 2007, presidential candidate Barack Obama made homegrown corn a centerpiece of his plan to slow global warming. And when President George W. Bush signed a law that year requiring oil companies to add billions of gallons of ethanol to their gasoline each year, Bush predicted it would make the country “stronger, cleaner and more secure.”
But the ethanol era has proven far more damaging to the environment than politicians promised and much worse than the government admits today.
As farmers rushed to find new places to plant corn, they wiped out millions of acres of conservation land, destroyed habitat and polluted water supplies, an Associated Press investigation found….”
Read the whole piece now and discover how ethanol policies are destroying farmland and wildlife habitat across the country.