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Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Green madness roundup

It's not easy being green. Kermit himself said so.

Fuel or folly? Ethanol and the law of unintended consequences
But it turns out that the use of food for fuel is wrought with difficulties. Corn, or some derivative thereof, is a common ingredient in a variety of packaged food products. So it's only natural that, as it becomes a rarer commodity due to the conflicting demands of biofuel production, the prices of those products will go up. The prices of food products containing barley and wheat are also on the rise as farmers switch to growing subsidized corn crops. During a time of economic instability, the last thing Americans need is higher prices at the grocery store, but that's exactly what they're getting.

At the same time, corn is the main ingredient in livestock feed and its dearth is causing prices of those products to rise as well. Farmers have had to scramble to find alternative sources of feed for their livestock and, in some cases, have had to sell off animals they can no longer afford to feed. This, in turn, has led to an increase in the price of meat and dairy products for consumers.
We also have America's largest landowner going on Charlie Rose to make ridiculous statememts: Turner: Global Warming Will Cause Mass Cannibalism, Insurgents Are Patriots. As Michael Goldfarb says,
What an unbelievable crank. But the most disturbing bit is the talk of 'stabilizing' populations. That means you don't get to have babies because Mr. Turner, as the largest land owner in the United States, has decided we don't have enough resources for your family and his environmental conscience. Also, while the rest of us are cannibals, as the owner of 40,000 head of bison, the largest herd in the United States, I think Turner will be eating pretty well. And say, don't I recall reading something about how cattle produce more greenhouse emissions than cars? Surely bison are carbon neutral though...
Last Saturday was the 1-hr blackout for Global Warming night. Gerard Vanderleun and Samizdata agree on its futility:
Life, laughter, love, food, drink, warmth, travel, communication, progress, a world full of unprecedented wonders and it's all too much for them. Better to sit in the darkness and curse the lighting of even a single candle.
Gateway Pundit posts about the green enforcers.

Over in Australia, Melbourne International Comedy Festival is not getting an audience because of bad weather. I'm sure the fact that the Comedy Festival's preocupation with "global warming, species extinction and wars over oil" has nothing to do with keeping people away in droves.

Then there is the April Fool zebras. Will they lose their stripes?

Let's go to the list!

Sing, it, Kermie!

Special thanks to Larwyn for the links.


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At 4:26 PM, Blogger Woody said...

If Ted Turner says that global warming causes cannibalism, then my response to him is "eat me."


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