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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

The dumbest thing I've read this morning. "Let them eat cake."

I can't believe it's people like this who are running our country.

By the way, there is a lot of research to suggest that many green things, like switchgrass and jatropha, convert far more efficiently to biofuel than corn. But corn is big business and switchgrass is a weed.

Extract from
Fuel Choices, Food Crises and Finger-Pointing
by Andrew Martin for the New York Times, April 15, 2008

The idea of turning farms into fuel plants seemed, for a time, like one of the answers to high global oil prices and supply worries. That strategy seemed to reach a high point last year when Congress mandated a fivefold increase in the use of biofuels.

But now a reaction is building against policies in the United States and Europe to promote ethanol and similar fuels, with political leaders from poor countries contending that these fuels are driving up food prices and starving poor people.

Work by the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington suggests that biofuel production accounts for a quarter to a third of the recent increase in global commodity prices.

Senator Charles E. Grassley, Republican of Iowa, called the recent criticism of ethanol by foreign officials "a big joke."

"You make ethanol out of corn," he said. "I bet if I set a bushel of corn in front of any of those delegates, not one of them would eat it."




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1 Comments:

At 11:27 AM, Blogger William Wood Harter said...

My latest webcomic is on this topic, the waste and problems in converting oil to ethanol/biofuel.

http://facebigelow.blogspot.com/2008/04/face-bigelow-62-economics-of-ethanol.html

It is a bit crazy isn't it?

 

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