Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Happy Earth Day? Hardly

Earth Daze, Courtesy Of Al Gore So with food riots breaking out all over the world, we celebrate (?) Earth Day.
The production of food grains has increased. But it is being diverted to empty gas tanks, not empty stomachs. Gore and others have warned that climate change is an imminent threat to the world. We would argue that climate-friendly policies are more of a threat.

The Gore-induced rush to biofuels has diverted crops such as corn, soybeans and palm oil from food to fuel. Vast swaths of rain forest in places like Malaysia and Indonesia have been cleared to provide farmland not to feed the hungry but to fuel our cars. Our own grain belt has been increasingly diverted to ethanol over corn flakes.
Grain and food prices go up - 65% since the first of this year. Poor people, who could barely afford food under the old prices, starve. Is that a plan of the environmental Left? I don't think so, but I would not be surprised to see some make that argument.

Welcome to the world of unintended consequences. The real world, where decisions and choices have multiple consequences, and anyone offering you an easy solution to your problems probably has an ax to grind.

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