The Oil Industry's Campaign to Discredit Ethanol
From Open Fuel Standard
Here are some of the things the oil industry did to discredit ethanol:
1. Created an "anti-ethanol" information campaign
2. A professor at UC Berkeley, Tad Patzek wrote a paper in 2005 stating that it takes more energy to make ethanol than you get by burning it
3. Came out with a paper saying that ethanol only produces the same amount of energy as it takes to make it, and that its lower pollution would be offset by the loss of rainforests to grow crops for ethanol.
[In the "Controversies" section of this web site you'll find scientific and common sense refutations of this misinformation.]