Latest Ottawa Citizen column, on ethanol

Specifically, on the American and Canadian love affair with so-so alternatives to gasoline:

Whether ethanol is a good substitute for gasoline depends on whom you ask; it’s cleaner, but it doesn’t push a car as far as the same amount of gasoline does. Nevertheless, both the United States and Canada are big fans of ethanol. Five per cent of all the vehicle fuel sold in Canada is to be ethanol by 2010, and the U.S. is adopting similar rules.

To be precise, we’re big fans of a particular kind of ethanol — the kind that comes from corn and other grains. Trouble is, those aren’t a really good source of ethanol, they’re just what we happen to grow a lot of.

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