Saturday, July 5, 2008

Ooow, Al (Gore), Sorry -- Wrong Again! -- Update -- Report: Biofuels Caused Food Crisis

Courtesy: RedLasso

A 17 year study indicates that it would take 1000's of years for the melting of Greenland's Ice Caps to affect sea levels. In addition in some spots melting has slowed or even stopped.

Special Report, Grapevine -- July 4, 2008

As I have said repeatedly, we really don't know enough about what's happening to formulate effective solutions that don't end up being worse then the perceived problem.

Update -- Case in point, biofuels did lead to world hunger!
Biofuels have forced global food prices up by 75% - far more than previously estimated - according to a confidential World Bank report obtained by the Guardian.

The damning unpublished assessment is based on the most detailed analysis of the crisis so far, carried out by an internationally-respected economist at global financial body.

The figure emphatically contradicts the US government's claims that plant-derived fuels contribute less than 3% to food-price rises. It will add to pressure on governments in Washington and across Europe, which have turned to plant-derived fuels to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and reduce their dependence on imported oil. ...

"Political leaders seem intent on suppressing and ignoring the strong evidence that biofuels are a major factor in recent food price rises," said Robert Bailey, policy adviser at Oxfam.
Guardian UK -- Secret report: biofuel caused food crisis


Rick said...

interesting... corn prices jumped because of ethanol production, and this caused the starvation of poor people? so I presume the poor people couldn't pay the doubling in costs so therefore didn't buy the corn and they all just hate rice and wheat so now they have to starve. Is that what's really going on?

To me the question should be: Is there a shortage of corn? If so can the farmers plant more? If theres a surplus, quit whining about how we use it.

LifeTrek said...

Rick, many people in the world aren't as fortunate as we are and only have one option available.

You are also assuming that these people pay themselves and they don't receive food from charities and governments both that have limited resources.

Then there is the rice crop failures that causes a tightening of the rice supply.

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