by Lisa Sorg
Apparently word hasn't hit Hoke County that turning corn into fuel is fraught with economic, environmental and social justice problems. The Triangle Business Journal is reporting today that Clean Burn Fuels near Raeford is planning to launch the state's first ethanol plant, thanks to a healthy helping of county incentives, federal loans and private investors, including Capitol Broadcasting Company and Kirk Bradley, who helped develop the Governor's Club in Chapel Hill.
The ethanol frenzy has resulted in higher food prices, and refining the produce emits high levels of fossil fuels. And at least 850 million people worldwide are chronically hungry--but our gas gauges read full.