Mythbusting

In the ongoing debate of how to best reduce dependence on foreign oil, a number of misconceptions have gotten in the way of curing our national addiction. These popular “myths” can solidify into opposing views that prevent us from arriving at a reasonable consensus. Here we provide contrary perspectives on some of the most common myths, in order to find a common ground where all Americans can work together to replace foreign oil with cheaper, cleaner American-made fuels.


FOOD vs. FUEL DEBATE:
MYTH: Corn ethanol reduces the human food supply of corn
MYTH: Corn ethanol increases food prices

 

DRILL, BABY, DRILL:
MYTH: Increased drilling will bring down prices
MYTH: Drilling from U.S. domestic sources can meet all of our oil needs

 

ENVIRONMENTAL AND ECONOMICAL IMPACTS:
MYTH: Biofuels are the cause of deforestation in emerging economies such as Brazil and Indonesia
MYTH: High oil prices are good for the environment
MYTH: Coal is the worst fossil fuel for the economy and the environment 


THE SOLUTION TO OIL ADDICTION:

MYTH: Solar, wind and/or nuclear can solve the “energy problem”
MYTH: Electric cars alone can replace oil
MYTH: Higher corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards alone can get us off oil

 

EFFECTS ON THE FUEL MARKET:
MYTH: If solutions were really available today, the market would have already figured it out
MYTH: Encouraging replacement fuels means forcing automakers to manufacture something Americans are not asking for