AP Report: The secret dirty cost of Obama’s green energy push

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.

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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.

Five million acres of land set aside for conservation - more than Yellowstone, Everglades and Yosemite National Parks combined - have vanished on Obama’s watch.

Landowners filled in wetlands. They plowed into pristine prairies, releasing carbon dioxide that had been locked in the soil.

Sprayers pumped out billions of pounds of fertilizer, some of which seeped into drinking water, contaminated rivers and worsened the huge dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico where marine life can’t survive.

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Source: Outdoornews.com & Associated Press

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  1. Glenn

    It only took AP six years of cowtowing to their Annoited One and his minions to ‘discover’ that Ethanol is one of the biggest and most expensive jokes of all times! W attemtpted to placate the greenies and to extract votes for the Republicrats from the Iowa (and other corn belt state) voters by making Ethanol a required additive to gasoline. This is truly something that can be blamed on Bush! It’s time for Texas to tell the Feds to go to Hell and pass a state law requiring Ethanol to be deleted from all gasoline products sold in Texas.