Ethanol: Wet Gas Pumps, Dry Water Pumps – Reason without Rhyme

Doing the Math


Annually, 5,000,000,000 (5 billion) bushels of corn are converted to ethanol – that “10% or less” additive to each and every gallon of auto gasoline mandated by law – this is one form of agricultural subsidy.

Each bushel of corn sucks up 2,500 gallons of precious water. Multiplying 5,000,000,000 times 2,500 yields a product of 12,250,000,000,000 (12.5 trillion) gallons of water annually expended to produce motor fuel ethanol. To understand the magnitude of this equation, 12.5 trillion gallons is one-tenth of Lake Erie, a very big lake. Unfortunately this water for corn comes not from Lake Erie but from aquifers.

There are no nightly news reports about the disastrous dissipation of precious groundwater resources. They can’t see it. You can’t see it. Nevertheless, it’s happening right under your feet.


Milk is another big-business welfare issue. One gallon of water or one pound of cheese requires 2,000 gallons of water. Your government provides “price supports” – taxpayer funded subsidies – for dairy products. The federal government stores millions of pounds of cheese and powdered milk in vast warehouses.

Water – From Where We Get It

I “milked” the “corny” statistics above to heighten your awareness of our situation here in the Lone Star State.

Below is a map of Texas aquifers.  Some are sand-and-gravel. Some are limestone caverns. Neither is enough to satisfy our ever-growing appetite for water.


Why Reservoirs, If We Have All These Aquifers?

Here in north Texas the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) provides water for over 1.6 million persons living within the service area. By 2060, NTMWD anticipates having to meet the water needs of 3.8 million. !00% of NTMWD water is surface water from area lakes, none from aquifers. Perhaps now you see the problem: low rainfall, low water supply with tandem water restrictions. No, it’s not a government conspiracy to control your life; drought threatens North Texas civilization, as we know it. Take water restrictions seriously.

Reference: NTMWD Website

Bad to Worse – And Not A Drop to Drink

Man Made Drought

Indirectly affecting North Texas consumers is a man-made drought out in California. Early in his first administration, Obama shut off irrigation water supply to the San Joaquin Valley, thus a man-made drought with deleterious effects on all Americans.

Monoculture – It ‘Bees’ the Death of Agriculture

Genetically engineered seeds become plants that produce their own pesticides. And, so it is with genetically engineered corn. These self-producing insecticides are killing off the bees. That’s very bad news for crops that depend on bees for pollination. Corn doesn’t rely on bees alone; wind is all corn needs for pollination.

Vast plantings of one kind of crop – “monoculture” – spells the death of bees.

Reference: BBC News – Bee Decline Linked to Falling Biodiversity

Vital vegetables and fruits depend on bee pollination. Absent the bees, your diet will become as boring as manna was for the children of Israel in the wilderness.

Action By You

  • Contact your Congressional delegation. Tell them to end mandatory ethanol in gasoline supplies.
  • Tell your Congressional delegation to end milk price supports. Fact is we adults shouldn’t drink milk. As for Blue Bell ice cream, that’s another story.
  • Locally, diligently follow drought water restrictions published by your water supply corporation or municipal government.

Help Is On The Way

A major (apx. 330 million dollar) water pipeline from Lake Texoma to Wylie should be finished and online after January 2014.

Lake Texoma represents about 28% of our available water supplies. The pipeline bypasses draining Texoma into Lake Lavon, instead transporting it directly to the NTMWD treatment plant in Wylie. 

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