Ethanol: Boon or Boondoggle?
About This Event

Not since prohibition has ethanol—that intoxicating compound found in beer, wine, and hard liquor—held such a high profile in America's public policy debate. Whether made from corn, sugarcane, woodchips, or the newly famous "switchgrass" mentioned by President George W. Bush in his 2005 State of the Union address, ethanol is being held up as a solution to a number of public policy concerns, including reducing conventional air pollutants, minimizing greenhouse-gas emissions, ending foreign oil dependency, reinvigorating the family farm, and a host of other ethanol-fueled dreams. In an effort to shed light on a policy issue consuming increasing sums of taxpayer dollars in research and subsidies to ethanol producers, panelists at this conference will examine the benefits and detriments of ethanol fuel.

9:15 a.m.
Registration and Breakfast
Bruce Dale, Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Michigan State University
David Pimentel, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University
Lester Lave, Carnegie Mellon University
Kenneth P. Green, AEI
12:00 p.m.
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  • Steven F. Hayward was previously the F.K. Weyerhaeuser Fellow at AEI. He is the author of the Almanac of Environmental Trends, and the author of many books on environmental topics. He has written biographies of Presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan and of Winston Churchill, and the upcoming book, The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Presidents. He contributed to AEI's Energy and Environment Outlook series. 
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