Energy Independence and Environmentalism

Glen Dean suggests a coalition of conservatives, libertarians, and liberals to work toward the removal of tariffs on Brazilian ethanol:

That coalition would consist of free market libertarians/conservatives, and environmentalists. Of course some of the right wingers in that coalition might also believe that man is causing the earth to warm, but my guess is that all of them believe in the benefits of unrestricted free trade.

This seems like something people of all political stripes can agree on. Free trade is a major issue for many conservatives and nearly all libertarians (and some liberals too). Environmentalism generally unites the left. Certainly ethanol is much more environmentally friendly than our current fuel, and removing this tariff will make it much more economically feasible. What’s not to like?

UPDATE: This post is taking part in the Beltway Traffic Jam.

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