Obama’s Ethanol Mandate: Environmental Concern?

Association of Construction & Development
November 13, 2013 — 1,785 views  

President Obama has recently instituted new policy on ethanol biofuel. This will have a major impact on the agriculture industry and will likely cause a lot of pollution. Many concerns have already been raised about this and many more will soon be found. Most concerns are related to the environmental costs of the policy.

Land Acquisition

The growing of corn for ethanol is taking place on protected land. The land that was supposed to be used for conservation and wildlife protection is now being used for growing biofuel. This is going to harm the already fragile ecosystem and will have a massive negative impact on the wildlife that depends on this land.

The land is being quickly acquired by farmers and will soon be planted with biofuel crops. This will make the land unavailable for other purposes such as grazing and conservation. In any case, it will open up other problems in the future such as irrigation and erosion.


The growing of biofuel crops has already caused the removal of forest cover from large stretches of land. In addition, the use of nitrogen fertilizer has become a major source of pollution for the land. Biofuel itself is a known source of air pollution and must be avoided if we want to conserve our fragile ecosystem.

The systematic growing of biofuel crops is also going to lead to other major problems in the future such as water logging, shortage of water, and shortage of land for livestock. All this will have a long-term impact on the environment.

Other Concerns

Corn Ethanol has been known to be the energy alternative for the future. But so far, it has failed to demonstrate its potential. Indeed several shortcomings have been identified in its use. Corn ethanol is less efficient than other conventional fuels. Corn ethanol has a negative impact on traditional patterns of agriculture and crop growth as it spoils the land and makes it unfit for future use.

Corn Ethanol is known to reduce the life of vehicles and can cause damage to engines. All this has been noted by automobile engineers and scientists. It has been advised that ordinary vehicles should avoid the use of Corn Ethanol to prevent engine damage.

In conclusion, it can be said that Obama’s new ethanol fuel policy has major problems and could be harmful in the long run due to several reasons ranging from pollution to inefficiency of the fuel. It is best to reconsider this policy and look for better alternatives.

Association of Construction & Development