The Hunger vs. The Gas II

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 Moonbat Arrested for Attacking Cerebral Palsy Victim in Wheelchair

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.

Rest in Peace Jonathon Cote

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.

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