E85 Boondoggle of the Day: FL Grants $25m to "alternative Fuel Developers"– and Then Some
E85 ethanol is methadone for America's oil addiction; it lets us believe we're kicking a bad habit. Which is fine if we could exercise our judgment as consumers. As taxpayers, E85's a done deal, on both the federal and state level. The Bradenton Herald reports that Florida politicians have already shelled-out some $25m in taxpayer-funded (who else?) grants to "alternative fuel developers." The "Farm to Fuel" initiative is set to throw tens of millions more in the same direction. As a member of the National Steering Committee of 25×25 (25 percent of America's fuel farmed by 2025), Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Charles Bronson is leading the
pigs to the trough drive towards U.S. energy independence. From his taxpayer funded website, Bronson makes a Wall Street-style pitch for ethanol: "In the past decade, there have been great strides in biofuel technology and manufacturing facilities, substantially improving the efficiency of this fuel source. Florida will be the site of great advances in the development of fuel and energy alternatives, which is why we are pushing our 'Farm to Fuel' initiative so aggressively." In case you were wondering.