I’ve been picking on Al Gore and the disciples of warming because they are the most visible face of last-century’s eco-luddite movement, however to solve the real problems everyone must realize that Al’s not the only person causing starvation and stasis in the world.
The other factors creating hunger are also incumbent with eco-luddism, global warming is just the latest stalking-horse for the real goal of making energy too expensive and scarce to use. The environmental approach of using less and conserving is laudable, but… if it’s not working now for six billion people, it will never work in 42 years when the population is 9 Billion.
When looking at the environmental movements from a distance en-masse you have to be careful or you understate the real problem and the needs; e.g. as this article seems to want to pin current hunger all on corn ethanol, and that’s not the entire case. Other articles also question the need for global policy based on the suspect data, as this article points out.
Collectively the intermeshed muddle of environmental movements have ensured that the dirtiest source of power (coal) is still the most heavily used for the past thirty years. They’ve done this by opposition to new oil and gas exploration, drilling, and refineries. They’ve done this through tax and regulation of fuel standards. They’ve done it through intense opposition and regulation of new nuclear plants, and NIMBY oppostion to large scale wind and solar farms. They’ve opposed hydro-power wherever it’s been attempted. It seems that the only power that’s good or green is that used specifically for their house, and none other.
They’ve opposed all forms of new energy but it isn’t a vast plot – instead it fits with their general blurry vision and strategy. As stated above they just muddle their way towards a low-energy world, often working at cross-purpose without understanding the ultimate evil effect. That vision and strategy is to make energy scare and expensive, in hopes of stopping environmental degradation. Instead they insure not only environmental degradation, but also hunger and poverty in third world nations, and the eventual destruction of wealth in the US.
Is it a mistake that the high-guru of Global Warming comes from a coal mining state where the coal boom is once again on and the attempts to stop it are being fought in the state Legislature? Is it a mistake that a supposedly “environmental” Senator, Ted Kennedy, opposes windmill farms in his neighborhood.
Continue reading “Gore Lied People Died III”
While the new government is on record pace to make deals with the Taliban, the Taliban is breaking the deals before the ink dries.
Bill Roggio has details on the NWFP deal here, as well as the ongoing negotiations with Baitullah Mehsud.
The Taliban celebrated the deal by attacking a Police station killing four muslims and injuring 30 in the Northwest. The Taliban says it doesn’t count as breaking the peace deal….. perhaps they had their fingers crossed while they blew up the police station, I don’t know.
What I do know is that Baitullah promised to hang those who break the peace inside Waziristan upside down in the bazaar. We will shortly see if he’s a man of his word, or just another neo-takfirist liar at “Bumpy” Zawahiri’s beck and call.
Four people were killed and 30 hurt when a car bomb demolished a police station in northwest Pakistan Friday, ending a lull in attacks since a new government took power last month.
Taliban militants said the blast in the city of Mardan was in revenge for the killing of a rebel leader by police, but added that a ceasefire declared this week by a top insurgent commander remained intact.
The blast is the first since the swearing-in at the end of March of Pakistan’s new government, which has since began talks with the Taliban and vowed to discard pro-US President Pervez Musharraf’s strongarm tactics.
“We abide by our announcement of a ceasefire. Today’s attack was to level the score with police, who first violated the terms of the truce by killing one of our commanders,” Taliban spokesman Maulvi Omar told AFP.
The ceasefire was announced two days earlier by Pakistani Taliban warlord Baitullah Mehsud, who has denied accusations by the previous government of masterminding the slaying of ex-premier Benazir Bhutto.
The Daily Times is with me on this and they made a good call in their editorial, they don’t see the peace lasting either:
The Tehreek-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief, Baitullah Mehsud, has ordered his militants not to attack Pakistani security forces henceforth and warned that anyone violating his orders would be punished publicly. The TTP distributed pamphlets saying that “offensives” against the Pakistan army in Waziristan, Tank, Gomal and Dera Ismail Khan should be abandoned, and anyone who doesn’t obey the order would be “hanged upside down in the bazaars”.
The governor of the NWFP, Mr Owais Ghani, has confirmed from Peshawar that talks with Mr Mehsud are underway and “making progress”. He said the release of the TNSM chief, Sufi Muhammad, had attracted positive feedback from Malakand Division. He did not say if the talks were made conditional by the TTP to the withdrawal of the Pakistan army from the Tribal Areas, but that is what is being reported. Of course, it is presumed that if the army is withdrawn it would be in return for the re-establishment of the writ of the Pakistan state.
The same day in Bajaur Agency, close to the Afghan border, Afghan troops had an encounter with Pakistani border guards as a result of which one Pakistani soldier died. The Afghan forces were pursuing militants who had gone across the border and attacked the Afghan check post. In the exchange of fire, 10 Taliban militants died. Unfortunately, in the process, the Afghans ended up firing at the Pakistani check post. The press has been told that it was a “misunderstanding” and both sides have met at the command level and sorted it out.
The pattern, though, is familiar. The Afghans think that the Taliban raiders are “facilitated” by Pakistani border guards who let them in before the attacks inland and let them out when they are fleeing. Although the atmospherics with Kabul have been maintained, everyone knows that the Karzai government is deeply suspicious and resentful about what it thinks is Pakistan’s role in infiltrating the Taliban into Afghanistan. The ISAF-NATO command in Afghanistan backs up the allegations and is indeed behind much of the protest launched against Pakistan in Kabul.
The National Review online details some of the effects of mandated corn ethanol here.
The production of ethanol is not the only factor driving food prices up. Demand for food is growing in China and India as more people in those countries move into the middle class. Fuel prices are up, making it more expensive to cultivate food crops and transport them to market. A drought in Australia, a major wheat exporter, has sent bread prices soaring.
But demand for ethanol has also had an impact on food prices. It’s simple economics: Farmers have planted a lot of new corn on acres where they once grew other food crops such as soybeans and wheat, and they are selling all of that new corn — and then some — to ethanol distilleries. That means there are fewer acres devoted to food crops, and there is less corn available for feeding livestock at a time when worldwide demand for meat and milk is rising. Less supply plus greater demand equals higher prices.
There is little the U.S. government can do to make gasoline less expensive and nothing it can do about the weather in Australia. The production of ethanol, on the other hand, is directly related to government policies that subsidize it and require its use in gasoline. Absent government intervention, there would be little demand for ethanol. It has a lower energy content than gasoline, it is not significantly cheaper, and it is more difficult to transport to points of sale.
We force the use of our earliest and dirtiest forms of energy combined to power vehicles and call it green. Food was the original source of energy, and it powered humans and their competitors. Fire was the second form. Burning food that takes great energy to produce doesn’t make sense when the combustion still puts pollution in the air. It really makes less sense as people die of hunger.
BDS and Moonbattery know few bounds, Lawhawk has the story at A Blog For All.
Update: Doing a little digging on the group “We are change” it turns out that they are 9/11 Troofer Moonbats, who love Lyndon LaRouche and Michael Bloomberg. (They want Obama dumped for Bloomberg, or maybe LaRouche does, the stench of madness permeates their forum, I’ll be honest that I didn’t hang out too long….) From the forum:
The now rapidly accumulating evidence of a European plot to establish a fascist dictatorship over western and central Europe, when this ongoing activity is compared with the fascist plot led by the cabal gathered around New York’s Mayor Bloomberg, and around traditionally fascist figures such as George Shultz and Felix Rohatyn of Pinochet regime notoriety, makes it fair to say that an immediate threat of an international fascist coup d’etat is currently in full swing in both the U.S.A. and western and central Europe. It is only during this month that the implications of this trans-Atlantic fascist plot have exposed themselves as a clear and present immediate danger to civilization world-wide.
Every sane citizen on both sides of the Atlantic should recognize this as a threat to the life and freedom of his or her nation and families. Those who do refuse to recognize this as an immediate threat, should be classed, as pathetic fools, or worse, like the poor Germans who did not take seriously the threat which Mussolini and Hitler represented to civilization as a whole already in 1933-1934.
This trans-Atlantic plot is steered from the circles of former Prime Minister Tony Blair’s London. It must be stopped now, or there will be virtually no major elections of actually representative forms of government, in either North America, nor western and central Europe, during this year.
The key to understanding this clear and present danger, is as follows.
The failed first draft of the London-sponsored Lisbon treaty used to design this fascist coup effort, was launched on the impetus from the same Prime Minister Tony Blair who orchestrated the fraudulent launching of the presently still ongoing war in Southwest Asia. That is to emphasize that the original draft of the Lisbon Treaty was launched before August 2007, before the clearly visible eruption of a presently hurtling, general, global financial breakdown-crisis, which is now sending the world as a whole in the direction of a near-term collapse into a global new dark age.
This present, new, far more savage Lisbon draft, which embodies changes which were being kept as secret as possible until the most recent weeks, if it is rammed through successfully as treaty-law between now and April-May, would immediately establish a fascist international dictatorship over all western and central Europe, a dictatorship based on the same evil purposes as the alliance around the Presidential ambitions of Mayor Bloomberg, and Bloomberg’s pro-fascist (e.g., “public private partnership,” corporatist swindle) alliance with Governor Schwarzenegger, George Shultz, and fascist Felix Rohatyn, et al., in the U.S.A.
Ignore foolish, or lying babblers like Representative Barney Frank, or Felix Rohatyn’s captive dummy, Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Our republic’s lawful existence is in immediate threat of destruction under the influence of the enemy foreign power centered in the role of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his followers. Defend our republic against that enemy, while you still can.
If the backers of this international fascist plot win their attempted takeover of Europe between now and May, and if the virtually inevitable dumping of Obama by his present financial backers brings the candidacy of Mayor Bloomberg to the fore, you, Mr. and Mrs. Citizen, will have virtually lost your freedom, and much more, for generations still to come.
The sixth body discovered in the Basra area has been positively identified as that of Jonathon Cote. This ends in sorrow however the familie’s long ordeal is now over. Jonathon by all accounts was a fine soldier who served his country in war. Later he went back as a contractor to serve the mission in Iraq, a very necessary one for without the contractors then the mission is over. Please honour Jonathon and all the others who have died in that service on this day.
There will be a press conference today at 2PM Eastern, from the Freecote website:
At this hour, the Cote family has been notified by U. S. Officials that positive identification of the 6th body returned from Iraq was subsequently identified at Dover Air Force Base. The remains are of Jonathon Michael Cote’. The autopsy results have not yet been provided to the family.
The family of Jonathon will be issuing a statement and will be available to answer any questions at the following location on Thurday, April 24, 2008 at 2pm.
Ramada Hotel and Conference Center
2402 North Forest Road at Audubon Parkway
Amherst, New York 14226-0823
Desk (716) 636-7500
Fax (716) 636-8296
The Cote’ family has made every effort to accommodate any and all media inquires throughout this ordeal. The purpose of this conference is to address all media outlets at the same time so that the family may be able to grieve in peace without any disruptions by the press. We thank you in advance for your consideration.
Funeral arrangements are being coordinated now and will be posted on this web site in the blog section in the near future.
NEWS MEDIA: Please do not call us at this time. We appreciate your understanding.
This morning a collection of articles and quotes on a real crisis vs. an imagined or inflated one:
Doug Ross at The Journal points out a little noted story about a group that is directly challenging the IPCC conclusions from the famous computer-generated hockey stick graph. New data belies the effect of carbon in the computer modeled graph.
At American Thinker there are two articles of note, Earth First! (people later):
And frankly, to hear people who are so wealthy that they’re clinically obese from excess food and leisure time yammering on about what kind of light-bulbs they use, while other people are literally starving to death… It’s beyond bizarre. It speaks to a frightening level of self-deception that seemingly intelligent folks engage in en masse.
And No Starvation for Fuel!:
No Blood for Oil” is a spurious rallying cry on the left, but apparently it is acceptable for the poor in the third world to starve so that American Eco-activists can feel self-righteous about driving “flex-fuel” vehicles. According to the WORLD BANK:“almost all of the increase in global maize production from 2004 to 2007 (the period when grain prices rose sharply) went for biofuels production in the U.S.
A quote from the Bloomberg article linked in the American Thinker article above:
Energy independence is important, but biofuels have very limited potential in that regard. Elam states that it would take the entire world grain crop to make enough ethanol to replace just the U.S.’s annual consumption of gasoline. A solution to an excessive reliance on greenhouse-gas-emitting fossil fuels must be found, but biofuels aren’t it.
During the Bengal famine, Sen found that the government failed to fight the catastrophe effectively because it didn’t recognize that high prices were the true source of the problem. Cognizant of the lessons of history, then, the initial steps being taken seem prudent given the enormous risks.
For example, the U.S. has already committed an additional $200 million in food aid to help in the current crisis.
Still, we must also look ahead to policy changes that can have a longer-term positive impact. With that in mind, how can one possibly justify continued government subsidies for bio- fuels?
It’s wonderful that others are picking this up and publicizing it, however it’s horrible that it took food riots to gain the notice. I’ve been predicting this path a while, for both oil and food are too valuable to burn.
It takes clean abundant power to take care of the billion of people in this world and maintain clean ecosystems as well. That’s why energy and environment have been a part of this online journal since it’s creation. We as a nation have a noble challenge before us this century, and it’s not staving off Global Warming; instead it’s leading the world to a clean energy abundant future. Do not let the eco-luddites steal the lightning from our children.
Recent articles on Hunger vs Energy
Please keep the Cote Family in your thoughts and prayers. A sixth body has been found in the same area of Basra as the corpses of the hostages that were found last month.
From the Freecote.com site a note for Newsmedia: