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Uploaded on Sep 16, 2008
Ethanol Lie: While visiting a remote village in southern Ecuador this summer, an old woman suddenly approached us in distress. We were shocked to discover whats happening there because we are using corn for fuel in the US.
The old woman's name is Lastenia Correa Aponte. This video is HER STORY.
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Using Food for fuel: We didn't intend to make a video focused on corn ethanol or congress' energy policy but that's where this story led us. It seems that when we burn food to run our cars it affects the whole world!
In the past, it was cheaper for countries like Ecuador to import corn from the US. But after congress mandated increased biofuels, the price of corn went up, and Ecuador faced food shortages. Thats why peasants are burning tropical forests to plant corn. This deforestation is actually INCREASING global warming.
This video shows a rare dry tropical forest in Ecuador with over 800 bird species. But unfortunately this biodiversity-hotspot may be lost to cornfields.
Also see: Energy Policy Act 2005; HR6 Energy Independence Security Act 2007; E85.