A classic problem in public policy is that you create a new problem as you try to solve an existing. The case in point is ethanol which has been presented as an environmentally friendly alternative to petrol (and diesel oil) and which in Sweden is being promoted – among others – by the counties of Västernorrland and Västerbotten in the Bio-Fuel Region.
The problem is that ethanol isn’t without side-effects: People suffering from asthma (like me) will not be happy to learn that one of the consequences of an increased use of ethanol will be more, not less air-pollution, and that in turn will lead to more problems for people with lung-diseases.
Meanwhile, Svenska Dagbladet is happy to tell us that thanks to cheap airplane tickets, week-end holidays to European cities and the Mediterranean are as popular among Swedes as never before.
CO2-emissions? Never heard about that…