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April 1, 2008

Price of Biofuel Moonbattery on the Rise

Moonbattery is a luxury that we can't always afford. For example, how long can we keep the absurd biofuel boondoggle afloat in the face of news like this:

Food prices are soaring, a wealthier Asia is demanding better food and farmers can't keep up. In short, the world faces a food crisis and in some places it's already boiling over. Around the globe, people are protesting and governments are responding with often counterproductive controls on prices and exports — a new politics of scarcity in which ensuring food supplies is becoming a major challenge for the 21st century.

Mexico is immediately impacted by our deranged practice of putting corn into gas tanks instead of drilling for oil. That's where

tens of thousands took to the streets last year over the cost of tortillas, a national staple whose price rocketed in tandem with the price of corn (maize).

Despite the predictable socialist lunacy of price controls, moonbattery is already taking a hit from the food shortage:

After long opposition, Mexico's government is considering lifting a ban on genetically modified crops, to allow its farmers to compete with the United States, where high-yield, genetically modified corn is the norm. The European Union and parts of Africa have similar bans that could also be reconsidered.

Even some environmentalists see the idiocy of diverting food into inefficient biofuel.

As the West seeks to tackle the risk of global warming, a drive towards greener fuels is compounding the world's food problems. It is estimated that one in four bushels of corn from this year's U.S. corn crop will be diverted to make fuel ethanol.
"Turning food into fuel for cars is a major mistake on many fronts." said Janet Larsen, director of research at the Earth Policy Institute, an environmental group based in Washington. "One, we're already seeing higher food prices in the American supermarket. Two, perhaps more serious from a global perspective, we're seeing higher food prices in developing countries where it's escalated as far as people rioting in the streets."

Given a choice between food and moonbattery, people will tend to choose food. Unfortunately, governments don't always offer the choice.

On a tip from Lyle.

Posted by Van Helsing at April 1, 2008 9:16 AM

Comments

I just about fainted when I saw the latest TIME magazine basically calling corn based ethanol A SCAM.

How un-moonbattery of them.

Posted by: Anonymous at April 1, 2008 9:21 AM

Saw a bumper sticker the other day:

"Biofuels: No war required"

Political unrest, starvation, riots...but no war.

Posted by: baldeagle390 at April 1, 2008 9:36 AM

Maybe it's an April Fool's Joke Time is playing on us? On April 2, they'll say, "We were kidding . . ."

Posted by: Lyle at April 1, 2008 9:36 AM

And the CEOs of the Big 5 Oil Cos. are in front of Congress today to explain one more time how a lack of drilling and refining capacity just might be causing gas prices to soar. Duh. So go ahead and burn a whole barrel of oil to get a barrel of ethanol with 70% of the fuel efficiency. What a great U.S. energy policy.

Posted by: monsoon at April 1, 2008 10:08 AM

And in Canada, the Human Rights Commission seeks to add a new category of whining losers who will be allowed to sue the socially responsible.

Posted by: V the K at April 1, 2008 10:19 AM

Meanwhile, don't expect the youth of America to be any better educated:

15 of the top 50 largest cites in the US have a high school graduation rate of less than 50%:

http://www.americaspromise.org/uploadedFiles/AmericasPromiseAlliance/Dropout_Crisis/SWANSONCitiesInCrisis040108.pdf

Posted by: baldeagle390 at April 1, 2008 11:20 AM

Detroit has a graduation rate of a whopping 24.9%
Makes cities like Tulsa, Oklahoma downright proud of their 50.2% graduation rate!

Posted by: Lyle at April 1, 2008 12:03 PM

OK, on the news this morning, they said that farmers will be cutting back the amount of corn they plant by 8%... which will drive up the price of corn, but also the price of biofuel, groceries, feeding livestock, etc. I guess now that we are paying out $3.20 a gal., on average, for gas we may as well be paying $20.00 for chicken nuggets! I can help but wonder, why all the sudden, farmers who have been subsidized for many years by our government, suddenly decide to plant 8% less corn????? Who in our govenment and what "lobby" is behind that decision???

Posted by: HoosierArmyMom at April 1, 2008 1:04 PM

"And the CEOs of the Big 5 Oil Cos. ..."

Monsoon, I've been asking this for years and Laura Ingram asked this morning: "Is there a LITTLE oil?"
Just saying...... :o)

The truckers in St. Pete Florida will go on strike, parking their trucks near the Gandy bridge to protest the high cost of fuel. Many of them remember the "fuel crisis" of the early seventies when many independant truckers went out of business and they fear that this may happen again.
Well, you Liberals out there wanted higher fuel prices to "punish" people who drive "gas-guzzlers", so I hope you're happy!

Posted by: KHarn at April 1, 2008 1:35 PM

"I just about fainted when I saw the latest TIME magazine basically calling corn based ethanol A SCAM.

How un-moonbattery of them."

I heard some egghead on NPR saying the exact same thing the other day. I couldn't believe it. This biofuels debacle is so ridiculous, even moonbats have noticed that it's a scam.

Posted by: forest at April 1, 2008 1:55 PM

Maybe it's a good thing that we let Liberalism get so out of hand, as they get more and more insane, people can see them for the destroyers they really are. Sometimes it takes a HUGE disaster for people to wake up.

Posted by: KHarn at April 1, 2008 3:04 PM

We don't want ethanol.

But the legislature passed a law. We're now required to purchase ethanol.

Given a choice? Whadda you think? Ethanol or cheap, powerful gasoline? Gasoline.

But the legislature passed a law.

Posted by: OregonGuy at April 1, 2008 3:35 PM

Meanwhile, over in Airstrip One, a London Imam is calling for all non-muslims to be raped and killed. No idea how he got into the country or why he hasn't been deported. Too bad he's not a gurkha, or he wouldn't have entered the UK in the first place.

Posted by: Panday at April 1, 2008 4:39 PM

I don't have the answers guys, but maybe I've just downgraded to a moderate.
We should make finding an alternative fuel source, especially one that is replenishable, a priority.
We all know that fossil fuels are becoming harder to find and won't be around forever.
Also, there are a few people in Dubai and the United Arab Emirates near Saudi Arabia that are living a rediculous lifestyle.
One guy on the CNN student news is bidding 16 mil for the #1 on his $250k Rolls. Are you kidding? These oil guys got that kind of money? They can go to sleep at night spending that kind of money for a license plate while their neighbors are starving to death.
That's great. American churches send thousands of missionaries to India each year with food and blankets to a people who are dying.
Saudi Arabians' claim to fame is that they are squatting on the land oil pours from. They are not productive, generous, or ingenuitive. They are by far more greedy and selfish then any American tycoon. We NEED to cut our dependence from foreign oil and put the hurt to them.
As far as the congress thing goes. Why are they so inept? They have had their meetings with the CEO's of oil to no avail. Prices are still going up and Exxon is reporting record profits.
Just goes to show you that in America the consumer pays. And pays. And Pays!

Posted by: UCA at April 1, 2008 5:47 PM

California is going to hell.......

Gas Tax to Fight Global Warming?
By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

Thank god its LA and not San Freakshow voting on this...... With prices so high, I would hope this would be defeated.....

Sooooooooooooo, Just how is all of this FREE MONEY (TAX INCREASE) going to be spent to advert Al Gore's wet dreams?

http://ktla.trb.com/news/local/ktla-taxhike,0,2584472.story

Posted by: Oiao at April 1, 2008 5:48 PM

How un-moonbattery of them.

Anonymous, the correct term is 'moonbatty'.

Posted by: BUUUUURRRRNING HOT at April 1, 2008 6:51 PM

"I don't have the answers guys, but maybe I've just downgraded to a moderate.
We should make finding an alternative fuel source, especially one that is replenishable, a priority." - UCA

I agree, but distilling food crops into fuel clearly isn't an answer. The process is wasteful of both food and fuel and the whole rotten scheme is propped up by government mandates and subsidies.


Posted by: forest at April 1, 2008 7:29 PM

For all the hysterics over corn prices, corn is still cheap. Corn as fuel is not that moonbat that most here think. This is not to say corn is this wonderful thing, it is to say it is another source to look into. And I agree with most here that it should not be mandated (ethanol).

It is nonsense to say food prices are going up, there is at most five cents of corn in a box of any breakfast cereal.

And the genetic modification corn scare is total BS. Show me wild corn and then we can discuss. I say this cause I went to an Aggie college.

Posted by: Mr. Parker at April 1, 2008 8:42 PM

"It is nonsense to say food prices are going up" - Parker

Unlike the temperature, food prices have gone up significantly in the past two years. The increased price of corn impacts the cost of meat more than the cost of the box of cereal, but both are going up.

Posted by: forest at April 1, 2008 10:07 PM

forest, good point. But again, grain cost is so little a factor for cattle feed cost, more real than the cost of corn flakes. I am not trying to start an arguement, just I see so much BS out there. I don't know the answer and you know that but just the misinformation is just stupid.

Posted by: Mr. Parker at April 1, 2008 10:39 PM

Grain prices have tripled over the last few years, while its a small component of most food products thats enough to send prices of food up nearly 10%. Some things like eggs have gone up 40% - partially due to feed prices but mostly because of fuel costs.

The real negative impact is that with more food being turned into fuel, other countries are now experiencing food shortages as farmers try to cash in on the biofuel craze. They are also clearcutting forrests like crazy trying to increase the farmable areas.

On top of that it takes more energy to make corn ethanol than you get out of it.

Posted by: Anonymous at April 2, 2008 4:42 AM

Here is a story about grain prices right from the Moonbats at NPR. Soybeans up 50%, Corn up 100%, Wheat up 200% in 2 years.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=17984534

"Across the Midwest, farmers are benefiting from the recent run-up in commodity prices.

The price of corn has doubled in the last year. Soybeans are up more than 50 percent, and wheat is trading at three times what it was two years ago.

But this boom has also brought problems to the prairie.

In western Kansas police are investigating almost a dozen incidents where thieves using tractor trailers stole wheat from grain elevators."

Posted by: Anonymous at April 2, 2008 4:45 AM

I'm thinking Mr. Parker doesn't do his own grocery shopping.

Posted by: V the K at April 2, 2008 5:35 AM

Parker
Why are you so hot for CORN? SUGAR is more easily converted to alcohol, and it's cheeper too!

But since alcohol is LESS potent than gasoline, we have to make MORE of it. That means MORE PROFITS for the EEEEVIL oil companys, you know.

Posted by: KHarn at April 2, 2008 5:16 PM

First V the K, I agree cost have gone up, I see that myself. But to blame commodity prices as a cause is stupid. To you use your thinking, oil has gone up by a factor of five since 2002, why cant I sell my worn out car tires for five more times what I paid for them. Or even more simple why haven't tire prices increased by a factor of five also? I mean tires are oil in a circle right?

KHarn, I am not hot for corn, in America corn is cheaper. I would support sugar ethanol if we didn't have such high tariffs against both sugar and even higher tax on ethanol.

Posted by: Mr. Parker at April 2, 2008 8:08 PM

"On top of that it takes more energy to make corn ethanol than you get out of it."

Exactly; most of the energy is wasted in turning the sugars and starches into ethanol. It would have been smarter to convert the corn into syrup and burn that.

Posted by: Arthur at April 2, 2008 8:49 PM

Arthur,

Could you explain this to me in simple terms? No this is more typical bs. Show me. And do not bring up this nonsustainable arguement.

Posted by: Mr. Parker at April 2, 2008 10:32 PM

"Mr. Parker at April 2, 2008 10:32 PM"

Arthur can start with the words "corn lobby" I suppose.

Here's something else to think about:
Here in Florida, we HAD a pretty good sugar cane crop, it was started after the Cuban embargo (We used to trade cattle for Cuban sugar cane). The "greens" said that the fertiliser was poluting the Everglades and the Liberal news jumped on it, reporting about "big sugar" threatening our health. The sugar plantations converted to cattle and they "greens" said that the cow pattys were poluting the water. The pastures were then sold for CONDOS, covering the land that used to filter the rain water with cement and bringing in more people, making more PEOPLE pattys and creating a greater demand for WATER.
Florida has been in a water shortage for a couple of decades with no end in sight. And to top it off, we could have used the SUGAR CANE to make cheeper ethanol.

In short, Liberals... uh, opposit of "blow".

Posted by: KHarn at April 3, 2008 1:53 PM

KHarn, sorry, your post makes no sense. I don't even see a direction. Are you against sugar imports, for them or what?

Posted by: Mr. Parker at April 3, 2008 8:23 PM

"Mr. Parker at April 3, 2008 8:23 PM"

Just pointing out a related Liberal screw-up, Mr Parker. Do with it what you will.

Posted by: KHarn at April 4, 2008 3:00 PM