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Publishing False & Alarmist Stories In Place of Accurate Well Researched Reports Is Detestable

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You should be ashamed of yourself, Eric. Go sit in the corner.

What happens when media interns play Bureau Chief?

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Marc Rauch
By Marc J. Rauch Author of THE ETHANOL PAPERS
Exec. Vice President/Co-Publisher

The Globe And Mail is Canada's most widely read daily newspaper. It's published in five different cities and some Canadians consider it to be THE serious Canadian newspaper. The Globe And Mail also publish a daily Internet version of their broadsheet. This morning (Friday, June 17th), The Globe And Mail published an anti-ethanol story by Eric Reguly, their European Bureau Chief, with the headline:

"Using crops to feed cars, not people, is reprehensible as war
and climate-related food shortages intensify"

The article relies on a debunked and baseless study released by The World Bank in 2008. And then incorporates some newer misinformation to compound the fallaciousness of their story and heighten the article's panic-causing potential. Remember, the news media operates under the maxim: "If It Bleeds, It leads." And the corollary to that maxim is: "If there's no blood, make it seem like there is!"

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Eric Reguly
Considering that The Globe And Mail is supposed to be Canada's serious daily newspaper, and that Eric Reguly is their European Bureau Chief, it boggles the mind to think that they and he would allow such rubbish to be printed under their respective names. It's not as if The Globe And Mail was "Mad Magazine" and that Eric Reguly was an intern on loan from a local high school journalism class.

Over the years, I've written several times about The World Bank's erroneous study. In the years since 2008, The World Bank has retracted their report and attack on ethanol at least three different times. In fact, in 2010, as part of my presentation at the annual American Coalition for Ethanol Conference, I talked about The World Bank's first retraction of the report.

In August 2021, I wrote and published the ultimate conclusion of the entire food vs fuel argument:

BAM! Closing the Door to the Food vs. Ethanol Fuel Argument

Obviously, Eric Reguly never read my report, because to do so would have required him to conduct some actual research on the issue.

Of course, Eric wouldn't have needed to read my definitive report to know that The World Bank's claims were refuted because I'm not the only one that knows about the retractions. However, it still would have required that he conduct some modicum amount of research, and clearly he didn't think it was necessary to spend any time on trying to get the story correct.

Consequently, if Eric Reguly was just an intern on loan from a high school journalism class, he should be removed from that class and tasked with something less intellectually challenging, like 'clapping chalk erasers'. (To understand what 'clapping chalk erasers' means, watch this video:

The rest of Eric Reguly's anti-ethanol comments and innuendoes are as ignorantly puerile as his comprehension of the food vs. fuel issue. It is his story that is "reprehensible" and it is "detestable" for The Globe And Mail to have published it without fact-checking it or presenting a contrary expert opinion.

All negative comments about ethanol are incorrect. They are either lies, exaggerations, or myths. They were mostly invented by the petroleum oil industry.

Ethanol doesn't harm engines, it cleans engines. It doesn't suck water out of the air, but it will absorb water that naturally forms because of condensation. Gasoline can't do this so people have to resort to using engine additives that can cost as much as 2 or 3 gallons of gasoline. All liquids are corrosive, especially water. However, ethanol is less corrosive and compatible with more types of rubber, plastic, and metal than gasoline and aromatics. BTU values (energy content) are irrelevant when discussing internal combustion engines. Ethanol use does not affect the price of food.

If you are disseminating negative information about ethanol you are WRONG! I don't care who you are, where you went to school, or who you know; there are no negatives to using ethanol fuel.

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