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Food Crisis Starts Eclipsing Climate Change Worries \ Gore Ducks

Food Crisis Starts Eclipsing Climate Change Worries

Gore Ducks, as a Backlash Builds Against Biofuels

The campaign against climate change could be set back by the global food crisis, as foreign populations turn against measures to use foodstuffs as substitutes for fossil fuels.

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.

“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.

Last year, Mr. Runge and a colleague, Benjamin Senauer, wrote an article in Foreign Affairs, “How Biofuels Could Starve the Poor.”

“We were criticized for being alarmist at the time,” Mr. Runge said. “I think our views, looking back a year, were probably too conservative.”

Ethanol was initially promoted as a vehicle for America to cut back on foreign oil. In recent years, biofuels have also been touted as a way to fight climate change, but the food crisis does not augur well for ethanol’s prospects.

“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.”

Mr. Senauer said climate change advocates, such as Vice President Gore, need to distance themselves from ethanol to avoid tarnishing the effort against global warming. “Crop-based biofuels are not part of the solution. They, in fact, add to the problem. Whether Al Gore has caught up with that, somebody ought to ask him,” the professor said.

Mr. Gore was not available for an interview yesterday on the food crisis, according to his spokeswoman. A spokesman for Mr. Gore’s public campaign to address climate change, the Alliance for Climate Protection, declined to comment for this article.

However, the scientist who shared the Nobel Peace Prize with Mr. Gore, Rajendra Pachauri of the United Nations’s Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change, has warned that climate campaigners are unwise to promote biofuels in a way that risks food supplies. “We should be very, very careful about coming up with biofuel solutions that have major impact on production of food grains and may have an implication for overall food security,”. “Questions do arise about what is being done in North America, for instance, to convert corn into sugar then into biofuels, into ethanol.”

A Harvard professor of environmental studies who has advised Mr. Gore, Michael McElroy, warned in a November-December 2006 article in Harvard Magazine that “the production of ethanol from either corn or sugar cane presents a new dilemma: whether the feedstock should be devoted to food or fuel. With increasing use of corn and sugar cane for fuel, a rise in related food prices would seem inevitable.” The article, “The Ethanol Illusion” went so far as to praise Senator McCain for summing up the corn-ethanol energy initiative launched in the United States in 2003 as “highway robbery perpetrated on the American public by Congress.”

In Britain, some hunger-relief and environmental groups have turned sharply against biofuels. “Setting mandatory targets for biofuels before we are aware of their full impact is madness,”.

The most obvious impact the food crisis has had in America, aside from higher prices, is the imposition of rationing at some warehouse stores to deal with a spike in demand for large quantities of rice, oil, and flour. The CEO of Costco Wholesale Corp., James Sinegal, is blaming press hype for the buying limits.

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All this Global Hysteria is the reason food prices are skyrocketing. Al Gore and his crock of crap. In the 70's it was "Global Cooling" that was going to destroy the world, then it was Al Gore and his non-existant "Global Warming" theory. And in reality it's going to be hunger! End this Global Hysteria NONSENSE before the whole world starves to death!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Be Totally Honest, It’s all so confusing. I don't know if we're melting or we're freezing...
When I Go Shopping, I don’t know if I should take advantage of the sales on Ski Jackets and Down gloves or on Bathing suits. I think I’ll go with Bathing Suites, I like the Tropical Islands much better than the Ski Resorts, I like Cold Martinis, much better than Hot Toddies

May 02, 2008 4:04 PM  
Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...



I know one thing all this using corn and what not to make ethanol is driving up the price of food all over the Country. And all around the world.

I dont know what happened but to tell you the truth ever since Al Gore has gotten the world scared shitless that we are all going to die if we dont save the planet is so stupid it's beyond belief.

Save the planet from what? Itself? The earth has a natural tendency to cleanse itself, for instance the Ice Age. And if that's going to go on there is NOTHING we can do about it anyway.

But these Liberals need to make up thier minds, is it Global Cooling? Or Global Warming?

They measured the Polar Ice caps and they are 1/16 th of an inch higher than they were 16 years ago.

Those pictures with the little Polar Bears on a block of ice is so not true. That picture was taken from a block of ice that broke off another piece of ice that the Polar Bears just happened to have been sitting on at the time.

But NO we have to go green, soon there will be a tax included if the Liberals have thier way to include cleaning up the planet and a whole host of cockamaymee ideas to put taxes on that will kill the American worker. And the companies that hire them!

Have you noticed since the Liberals have got into Congress this Country is going to hell in a henbasket?

They wont even send President Bush an energy bill he can sign.

They wont let us drill anywhere in our own Country for oil. There have been no refineries built in what 30 years?

Nope, the only thing that is going to kill us off is Liberals!!

May 02, 2008 5:37 PM  
Blogger Mike's America said...

Ethanol is such a bad idea but I am afraid there is no stopping it. The farmers LOVE it and so do the politicians, who get votes for doing what the farmers want.

May 02, 2008 8:05 PM  
Blogger J_G said...

Putting food into the fuel tank, as I said over at Mike's, such stupidity can only come from a democrak congress.

May 02, 2008 9:55 PM  
Anonymous Joanne said...

Last month (April 2006), the Renewable Fuels Association
(RFA) hosted the Renewable Fuels Summit 2006:
Growing America’s Energy Security
in Washington, DC.

The Summit focused on the
future of renewable fuels and featured a keynote address by President George W. Bush.

President Bush used the opportunity to recognizethe efforts of the ethanol industry, including the RFA, in promoting greater production and use of
renewable fuels:

“For 25 years, the
Renewable Fuels Association has been a tireless advocate for ethanol producers. Your advocacy is paying off. Renewable energy is
one of the great stories of recent years, and it's going to be a bigger story in the years to

The President also continued his call for increasing the production and use of renewable fuels, like
ethanol and biodiesel.
He cited the importance of a robust renewable fuels industry as being a vital part of the future of this country.

May 03, 2008 2:45 AM  
Blogger The Federalist said...

Off topic, but here's a story that would otherwise never see Marie's blog.

N.Y. Congressman Busted For DWI

Rep. Vito Fossella, (R-New York), Says "I Made An Error In Judgment"

(AP) A Republican congressman representing New York City was arrested early Thursday outside Washington and charged with driving while intoxicated, police said.

Vito J. Fossella, who represents Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn, was arrested some time between midnight and 2 a.m., said Lt. Ray Hazel, spokesman for the Alexandria Police Department.

He was charged with driving while intoxicated as a first offense, Hazel said, which under Virginia law requires a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 percent or higher.

In a statement Thursday, Fossella apologized for his conduct.

"Last night I made an error in judgment," Fossella said. "As a parent, I know that taking even one drink of alcohol before getting behind the wheel of a car is wrong. I apologize to my family and the constituents of the 13th Congressional District for embarrassing them, as well as myself."

Hazel said he could provide no further details on the arrest, including Fossella's exact blood-alcohol level or where in the city he was arrested.

Fossella, 43, is the lone Republican member of the New York City congressional delegation.

He faced a surprisingly strong re-election challenge in 2006 and is bracing for a similar fight this year. His candidacy has drawn the support from national Republican leadership in recent weeks, including Vice President Dick Cheney.

Marie, you should write to your guys and tell them to take a break, at least until after the election.

May 03, 2008 8:02 PM  
Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...


This is getting so out of hand, and the world is now hording rice and corn.

Global Hysteria gone bizzerk!

I know, this is skyrocketing into a disaster.


Well President Bush is WRONG on this issue.

What good is ethanol if it's going to make the world starve to death?

He has also said we must move away from fuel from other Countries, and he doesnt seem to be that big a fan of ethanol, but more of a fan of drilling here in America!

But NO the Democrats wont let us drill anywhere here so look forward to 4.00 gas prices pretty soon.

And there is no way we have tapped ALL the World's Oil Reserves in only 100 years of car usage.


You have a blog, why not put that on YOUR blog?

Maybe you should write to YOUR guys and tell them to take a break like Patrick Kennedy, Eliot Spitzer, etc..

May 05, 2008 7:29 AM  

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