Ethanol, Food Shortages and the Real Cost of Climate Alarmism

04.25.08 Briefing • Steve Elliott, • Subscribe hereRSS

Ethanol, Food Shortages and the Real Cost of Climate Alarmism
As Americans go to the grocery story and discover rising food prices on the shelves, we have to thank in part Climate Alarmism. The push to turn our food into fuel has played a role in the rise of food prices here in the U.S. and globally. And it’s only going to get worse as American farmers respond to the federal mandate and more and more of our farmland is committed to fuel and not food. With global reports of riots, food prices up 83% and starvation, the political reality surrounding ethanol may change quickly. Read this from the Heritage Foundation: “Second Thoughts On Ethanol”. MOna Charen chimes in with this article that questions at what price will we try to solve the so-called crisis of global warming.I’m thrilled to announced that our petition opposing the coming $1.2 Trillion global warming tax (vote expected in June) and Al Gore’s climate alarmism just crossed 100,000 signers in just over a week. As we discover the real cost of climate alarmism (oppressive taxes, rising food and gas prices, global food shortages), perhaps 2007 will be remembered as the high point in Al Gore’s climate crusade.

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Is Oil King or is Food King?
As a friend of mine said recently, the rise in food prices was somewhat predictable, as if the currently popular idea that oil is king inevitably gets challenged by the reality that food is fundamentally more important. He noted to me that the last huge spike in fuel prices (1970s) was followed by a quick rise in food prices as if the markets will not let oil get too far ahead of food in real value.

My interview with Rep. Jones on the border fence
Rep. Walter Jones (NC) recently joined me for an interview to discuss the current status of the border fence. As you may know, Congress and the President recently gutted the Secure Fence Act, removing the double-layer fence mandate and giving DHS final discretion as to where, when and how to build the fence (if any is built at all). Earlier this week, DHS scrapped its highly touted virtual fence as a failure. Maybe it’s time to build the fence that works — the double layer fence. Please listen to my interview and then let members of Congress know what you think.