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The secret environmental cost of US ethanol policy

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  • The government's predictions of ethanol's benefits have proven so inaccurate that independent scientists question whether it will ever achieve its main environmental goal: reducing greenhouse gases.

      The government's predictions of ethanol's benefits have proven so inaccurate that independent scientists question whether it will ever achieve its main environmental goal: reducing greenhouse gases.
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When president george w. bush signed a law in 2007 requiring oil companies to add billions of gallons of ethanol to their gasoline each year, he 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.

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