Oil Prices, Corn Ethanol and Social Change

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Essay #: 052942
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Oil Prices, Corn Ethanol and Social Change
Until as recently as two years ago, it would have been safe to say that American society was a mobile one, with an almost inordinate affection for its vehicles. Large gas-guzzling trucks were considered iconic enough of Southern culture to be included in the Opening Ceremonies of the 1996 Olympic Games, held in Atlanta, Georgia. However, the spring of 2008 would bring an economic shift that would lead to a cooling of that affection, although not entirely to a parting of the ways. In just a few short weeks, “cheap” oil was a thing of the past, cars were sitting unused in people’s driveways, and an economic downturn from which the nation is still recovering was well underway.
The high price of oil...
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.....sugar cane taking the place of corn, for example. However, it is equally as likely that following the failure of corn-based ethanol that the general public will resist a second attempt at changing our use of fossil fuels over to using biofuels. Regardless of the outcome, however, the United States is facing another social change for which the American public may not be ready.
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