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Instead, we are burning food to fuel cars and trucks. To do so, we are already consuming one-fourth of America’s entire corn crop, from an area almost the size of Iowa - and using trillions of gallons of water and vast quantities of petroleum-based fertilizer, insecticides and energy.

Anti-hydrocarbon ideologies and “renewable” energy mythologies continue to subsidize crony capitalists and the politicians they help keep in office - on the backs of taxpayers, ratepayers, motorists and hungry people.

The EPA and environmental activists must end their animosity toward petroleum and obsession with biofuels - and start embracing reliable, affordable energy that actually works.

Paul Driessen is senior policy adviser for the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow and author of “Eco-Imperialism: Green Power, Black Death” (Merril Press, 2010).