Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Hungry? Blame Algore.

a Roosh Five Original

Al Gore, who is decidedly well fed, is being blamed for creating a real crisis in the wake of his politically-motivated sham-crisis, Man Made Global Warming.

(sort of hard to acknowledge Global Warming as while I started this post, my grass which just started to go green is now covered in snow...on April 26th)

With prices for rice, wheat, and corn soaring, food-related unrest has broken out in places such as Haiti, Indonesia, and Afghanistan. Several countries have blocked the export of grain. There is even talk that governments could fall if they cannot bring food costs down.

One factor being blamed for the price hikes is the use of government subsidies to promote the use of corn for ethanol production. An estimated 30% of America’s corn crop now goes to fuel, not food.

Nice. So the federal government borrows more money to subsidize ethanol production, which weakens the dollar further, making oil even more expensive.

“I don’t think anybody knows precisely how much ethanol contributes to the run-up in food prices, but the contribution is clearly substantial,” a professor of applied economics and law at the University of Minnesota, C. Ford Runge, said. A study by a Washington think tank, the International Food Policy Research Institute, indicated that between a quarter and a third of the recent hike in commodities prices is attributable to biofuels.

What's the trade off of burning our food to "save the planet?" (notice the quotes?)

One fill up equals a year of nutrition for a human being (or three months if you're Al Gore).

“It takes around 400 pounds of corn to make 25 gallons of ethanol,” Mr. Senauer, also an applied economics professor at Minnesota, said. “It’s not going to be a very good diet but that’s roughly enough to keep an adult person alive for a year.”

Meanwhile, the ethanol industry, which sprung up mostly in response to Global Warming alarmists stands in peril as the world's governments say "Oops" in unison.

Way to go, Al.


jkruse said...

Can you cite an instance of Al Gore supporting corn based ethanol in the past 10 years?

Maybe he has, but I'm not aware of it.

Bike Bubba said...

Here you go.


Scroll down to ethanol, you'll find his position from 2000's campaign.

You likely voted for the guy and didn't know this?

Granted, lots of others make the same mistake, but our host is correct that the environmental push is significantly to blame for food shortages.

jroosh said...

It is situations like this, EXACTLY like this, that have driven my disdain for MMGW proponents.

They are harming the very people they purport to be advocates for. The impoverished and developing countries.

And for what? Temperature fluctuations that may or may not be caused by mankind.

jkruse said...

You likely voted for the guy and didn't know this?

Yes, Bubba, believe it or not I no longer recall every position of a presidential candidate I voted for 8 years ago. (I do seem to recall something about him not being an idiot man-child dry-drunk, though. Maybe that's the issue I voted on that time.)

So as of 8 years ago (not 10) it appears he was an advocate of grain based ethanol. He's not any longer, and most serious environmentalists aren't, either. Corn-derived ethanol is a product of the farm lobby. Plain and simple.

Bike Bubba said...

And your evidence would be?

jkruse said...

I'm confused. Do you want evidence that most environmentalists are not in favor of corn-derived ethanol, or that our president has issues?

I can help you out with either one, but don't want to waste my time on the obvious.

Bike Bubba said...

Evidence that Gore actually is coming out against ethanol, actually.

jkruse said...

Did you read what I wrote? I said most environmentalists, Gore included, realize that corn-derived ethanol is not effective.


Whether any source of ethanol can ever be effective remains to be seen, but corn's a clear loser. Unless you grow corn - like my dad. Between ethanol mandates and a weak dollar, he's having a rare good year.

Bike Bubba said...

I sure read what you wrote, and agree that corn's a clear loser.

However, having read what you wrote, I know full well that you hadn't provided any evidence outside your own assertions.

Maybe you should try reading what you write. Could help.