Sunday, April 27, 2008

Let them eat corn-bread

The unconsidered consequences of feel-good panic combine with their natural ally, pork barrel opportunism. See corporatism.

Corn is being diverted to your gas tank because of Global Warm-mongering chickenfeedhawks. Big money is being diverted to corporate welfare queens like Archer Daniels Midland - "Supermarket To Your Gas Tank™". Don't worry, though, you might eventually create a job or two in Michigan.

Mark Steyn: Feed your Prius, starve a peasant

...big government accomplished at a stroke what the free market could never have done: They turned the food supply into a subsidiary of the energy industry. When you divert 28 percent of U.S. grain into fuel production, and when you artificially make its value as fuel higher than its value as food, why be surprised that you've suddenly got less to eat? Or, to be more precise, it's not "you" who's got less to eat but those starving peasants in distant lands you claim to care so much about.

Heigh-ho. In the greater scheme of things, a few dead natives keeled over with distended bellies is a small price to pay for saving the planet, right? Except that turning food into fuel does nothing for the planet in the first place. That tree [here] the U.S. Marines are raising on Iwo Jima was most-likely cut down to make way for an ethanol-producing corn field: Researchers at Princeton calculate that, to date, the "carbon debt" created by the biofuels arboricide will take 167 years to reverse.

The biofuels debacle is global warm-mongering in a nutshell: The first victims of poseur environmentalism will always be developing countries. In order for you to put biofuel in your Prius and feel good about yourself for no reason, real actual people in faraway places have to starve to death.
If we're creating a carbon debt through our imperialist exploitation of grain futures, it's good to know Al Gore is selling carbon credits. Isn't it? You can trade them for food, right? Well, no, you can't. But Al could afford to lose a few kilos in any case. Too bad about those poor people in Haiti, who bitterly cling to eating dirt and rioting over food shortages.

But, enough of this angst. What I really want to know is the effect of burning all this corn-based ethanol on the price of a fifth of Woodford Reserve. This is a problem elite drinkers can get behind. Could be enough to get Teddy Kennedy to propose an endangered potables distiller subsidy.

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