For educators, the seven themes of Catholic Social Teaching (CST) form an excellent framework for bringing Catholic values and social awareness into the classroom as described by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (2005). Aside from the inherent benefit of being a renewable and domestically produced energy source, ethanol production and the supportive U.S. mandate have been shown to have some positive aspects. As educators, this issue represents an opportunity for teaching and action. In addition to introducing Catholic Social Teaching, this topic makes science and economics approachable. The idea that a gallon of ethanol does not appear out of thin air to help reduce our oil dependence is easy to teach.
Keller, Alex and Kling, James A. Ph.D.
"Fighting For An End To Federal Ethanol Mandates May Be An Ideal Social Justice Cause For Students At U.S. Catholic Universities,"
Journal of Vincentian Social Action: Vol. 2:
1, Article 5.
Available at: https://scholar.stjohns.edu/jovsa/vol2/iss1/5