A new report from the National Research Council (“NRC”) indicates that ethanol from corn production may have a substantial negative impact on the U.S. water supply. The U.S. ethanol subsidy program, $0.51 per gallon, is designed to help wean domestic dependence on foreign oil. However, subsidies for corn-derived ethanol may accelerate a domestic and global water crisis without establishing national energy independence. Congress should eliminate inefficient subsidies for corn-derived ethanol in the upcoming Energy Bill because the over-production of corn for corn-derived ethanol will likely accelerate the depletion of U.S. water quality and quantity.
Lore, Michael W. “Subsidies for Corn-Derived Ethanol May Leave Us Thirsty.” Sustainable Development Law & Policy, Fall 2007, 53, 86.