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Cheap generic viagra ‘I‘m Al Gore, cheap generic viagra and I’m an alcoholic.”

Cheap generic viagra No, cheap generic viagra that’s not exactly how the former vice president began his recent mea culpa on alternative energy. Cheap generic viagra But he admitted he had an unwise dependence on alcohol — corn-based ethanol as an ingredient in auto fuel, cheap generic viagra to be precise — and tried to steer others from the same course.

Cheap generic viagra Gore’s dependence was not physiological but political. Cheap generic viagra He backed federal support of the industry as a member of Congress because he wanted to win the votes of farmers in his home state of Tennessee and– when he ran for president — in Iowa. Cheap generic viagra “It is not good policy to have these massive subsidies, cheap generic viagra” he says, cheap generic viagra now that he no longer aspires to elected office.

Cheap generic viagra Maybe his admission has started something. Cheap generic viagra Even many current politicians are swearing off the stuff.

Cheap generic viagra It’s not every day that California Democrat Barbara Boxer, cheap generic viagra one of the most liberal members of the U.S. Cheap generic viagra Senate, cheap generic viagra joins forces with Arizona Republican Jon Kyl, cheap generic viagra one of the most conservative. Cheap generic viagra But they and 15 other senators signed a letter calling the existing 45-cent-per-gallon federal subsidy to ethanol fuel and the 54-cent-per-gallon tariff on imported ethanol “fiscally irresponsible and environmentally unwise.” They oppose renewal of the two programs, cheap generic viagra which are scheduled to expire at the end of this year.

Cheap generic viagra Yet there’s talk that an extension of the subsidy, cheap generic viagra and even a boost in the tariff, cheap generic viagra could be included in the tax deal reached by President Obama and Republican leaders. Cheap generic viagra That would be a terrible mistake.

Cheap generic viagra The fiscal tab of the federal tax credit comes to about $6 billion a year, cheap generic viagra which is more than the entire savings from the president two-year freeze on federal civilian pay. Cheap generic viagra The more dire our fiscal predicament grows, cheap generic viagra the harder it is to justify this special-interest expense.

Cheap generic viagra Then there are the environmental questions. Cheap generic viagra Ethanol is actually worse than ordinary gasoline when it comes to some pollutants. Cheap generic viagra True, cheap generic viagra it does generate fewer greenhouse gas emissions — but that savings could be canceled out if forests are cut down to expand corn production, cheap generic viagra because trees absorb so much carbon dioxide. Cheap generic viagra Some estimates also suggest it takes more energy to produce a gallon of ethanol than the gallon contains, cheap generic viagra making the whole exercise pointless.

Cheap generic viagra The excuse for this favor to corn farmers and ethanol producers is that it reduces our dependence on foreign oil. Cheap generic viagra But the effect is modest at best. Cheap generic viagra In 1997, cheap generic viagra the General Accounting Office (now called the Government Accountability Office) said that “ethanol’s potential for substituting for petroleum is so small that it is unlikely to significantly affect overall energy security.”

Cheap generic viagra If reducing our reliance on foreign oil producers were truly the goal of federal policy, cheap generic viagra the government wouldn’t be so intent on keeping out foreign ethanol. Cheap generic viagra The high duty on imported ethanol, cheap generic viagra noted the 17 senators, cheap generic viagra “discourages transportation fuel imports from Brazil, cheap generic viagra India, cheap generic viagra Australia and other sugar-producing countries, cheap generic viagra and leads to more oil and gasoline imports.”

Cheap generic viagra In better fiscal times, cheap generic viagra it was easier to excuse our leaders for having their fun doling out subsidies for ethanol and protecting its makers from competition. Cheap generic viagra But it’s time for the party to end.

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