The emphasis on ethanol as an answer to global warming is not going to help much. USA Pres. Bush has just announced a big deal with Brazil for ethanol, and some/much of that Canadian federal money for the 'clean air act' is going to help set up ethanol production. It is a waste of money when that money is meant to addresss greenhouse gas emissions causing global warming.
The study found no statistical difference between the greenhouse gas emissions of regular unleaded fuel and 10 per cent ethanol blended fuel.
Although the study found a reduction in carbon monoxide, a pollutant that forms smog, emissions of some other gases, such as hydrocarbons, actually increased under certain conditions.
Overall, the problem is that "renewable energy" as a solution has been tactically hijacked and now we are talking about "renewable fuels" instead. Wind and solar produced electricity is what we mean by "renewable energy".
Wind and Solar are being ignored by Harper and Bush and the oil culture who will allways be pushing for ways to continue burning fossil fuels, even at a blend. Another example will be when we make hydrogen - they will do it with fossil fuels instead of 'splitting water' with solar-produced electricity.
Wind and Solar represent the opportunity for individuals to own and produce their own electricty, and the advent of plug-in hybrid cars could reduce the need for electricity-over-the-grid immensely. That will take away a large amount of profits from the few corporate entities that we all pay into for energy - electrical or gasoline. They had it so good for so long, and still do. They will fight the obvious solution to global warming, and we can see that fight in the actions of Harper and Bush.
Having our own little house-mounted electric systems will be a case of "everyone doing a little bit that makes a huge difference" that we will see in the blue skies. This 'coming together' could also herald a new time in human relations as we pull away from the unbalanced 'wealthy elite model of economics' where we all pay into a single corporate entity for things we all need, and creating billionaires in the process. Do we really want to play along at this any longer, instead of making our own electricity, and maybe even selling a little bit?
Seed money from the feds should go to production of solar panel and windmills, and their related technologies if we really want to tackle global warming and actually HELP the economy.