"AP Investigation: Corn-Based Ethanol Causes Environment Damage"

"CORYDON, Iowa -- The hills of southern Iowa bear the scars of America's push for green energy: The brown gashes where rain has washed away the soil. The polluted streams that dump fertilizer into the water supply."

"Even the cemetery that disappeared like an apparition into a cornfield.

It wasn't supposed to be this way.

With the Iowa political caucuses on the horizon in 2007, presidential candidate Barack Obama made homegrown corn a centerpiece of his plan to slow global warming. And when President George W. Bush signed a law that year requiring oil companies to add billions of gallons of ethanol to their gasoline each year, Bush predicted it would make the country "stronger, cleaner and more secure."

But the ethanol era has proven far more damaging to the environment than politicians promised and much worse than the government admits today.

As farmers rushed to find new places to plant corn, they wiped out millions of acres of conservation land, destroyed habitat and polluted water supplies, an Associated Press investigation found."

Dina Cappiello and Matt Apuzzo report for the Associated Press November 12, 2013.

SEE ALSO:

"Ethanol Push Has Reduced Conservation Land" (AP)

"7 Things To Know About Ethanol" (AP)

"AP: Ethanol Timeline" (AP)

"Ethanol Producers Fume Over Upcoming Wire Story" (National Journal)

"Ag Secretary Vilsack: ‘I Don’t Know’ Whether Ethanol Helps Climate" (E2 Wire/The Hill)

"Industry Takes Aim At AP Ethanol Investigation" (AP)

"AP Ethanol Story Causing Stir Before Release" (Hoosier Ag Today)

Source: AP, 11/12/2013