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November 6, 2007

Biofuel Idiocy Leads to Starvation

There's a price to be paid for global warming malarkey, and we're paying only a small part of it compared to some Africans, if George Moonbat is to be believed:

Swaziland is in the grip of a famine and receiving emergency food aid. Forty per cent of its people are facing acute food shortages. So what has the government decided to export? Biofuel made from one of its staple crops, cassava. The government has allocated several thousand hectares of farmland to ethanol production in the district of Lavumisa, which happens to be the place worst hit by drought. […]
Even the International Monetary Fund, always ready to immolate the poor on the altar of business [George Moonbat, as I warned], now warns that using food to produce biofuels "might further strain already tight supplies of arable land and water all over the world, thereby pushing food prices up even further". This week, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation will announce the lowest global food reserves in 25 years, threatening what it calls "a very serious crisis". Even when the price of food was low, 850 million people went hungry because they could not afford to buy it. With every increment in the price of flour or grain, several million more are pushed below the breadline.
The cost of rice has risen by 20% over the past year, maize by 50%, wheat by 100%. Biofuels aren't entirely to blame — by taking land out of food production they exacerbate the effects of bad harvests and rising demand — but almost all the major agencies are now warning against expansion. And almost all the major governments are ignoring them.

Meanwhile in India, peasants are rioting after being forced off their land so that a weed called jatropha can be planted for biofuel use.

The global warming hoax is literally taking food out of starving children's mouths. But so long as biofuels continue to make enviroweenies feel pleased with themselves, governments will continue to subsidize them with our tax money.

Look on the bright side, kid: it's for a good cause.

Hat tip: Six Meat Buffet.

Posted by Van Helsing at November 6, 2007 2:46 PM


After a while, one has to wonder what exactly would please the leftists. If we burn fossil fuels, we're contributing to global warming (as they see it). If we use biofuels, we're starving the Third World. If we use nuclear power, we're contaminating the environment with radionuclides. If we don't use any fuel, we're hitting the poor hardest. that they've told us what not to do, how about some constructive suggestions on what to do, so we can critique their ideas?

Posted by: Jay Guevara at November 6, 2007 3:45 PM

But, Jay, their intentions are so good! Never, ever, look at the results of their abominations. I mean, you don't really think the Left gives a damn about all these starving kids (irrelevant pawns in the political game), do you?

No, I didn't think you did . . .

Posted by: jc14 at November 6, 2007 5:45 PM

Why would you attempt to create a demand for something that is already scarce? as I recall, gasoline was a dangerous by-product of kerosene refining. Being volatile, it would not the sort of thing you would want in a bedside lamp.

Posted by: James F McEnanly at November 6, 2007 5:55 PM

I'm not sure why any of you would think that biofuels are only being advocated by liberals.

Posted by: Powers McStinson at November 7, 2007 12:23 AM

But we're killing two birds with one stone here: increasing the production of biofuel so that liberals can drive around with their SMUG® sense of satisfaction AND causing the world to become less populated, which is what many über-libs are proposing. It's a win-win situation, right?

Posted by: Pam at November 7, 2007 6:44 AM

And the first trickle that I, and others as well, predicted of the coming mass starvation. We can thank the leftards for this. Pretty soon, however, one should keep an eye out for starvation stories coming from Central America. And when people are hungry, they will do anything to eat. Just as the Romans when the Goths crossed the Danube.

Posted by: Brooklyn Red Leg at November 7, 2007 8:47 AM