Politics from the Palouse to Puget Sound

Friday, April 11, 2008

Christine Gregoire is Burning this Kids Food

The biofuel that she is burning in her campaign bus could be feeding these children. And she thinks they aren't cold enough. What compassion!


Michael said...

Thanks April. That's just the sort of thing that we need to rub in these liberals' face now and then. Maybe we need an Inconvenient Truth movie about all the starvation that these global warming weenies are causing.
And while we're at it, I'd also like to remind them of how many African children have died of malaria since DDT was banned.

Tom Forbes said...

The western appetite for biofuels is causing starvation in the poor world; Developing nations are being pushed to grow crops for ethanol, rather than food - all thanks to political expediency

Not to mention, Gregoire is increasing the global warming she supposedly has vowed to combat.

Michael said...

Investor's Business Daily has a nice editorial today about the consequences of burning food.

"The world's poor are learning what happens when government subsidizes the burning of food. It's time to end this madness and let the market decide if any biofuels make sense.
For most Americans, the rising prices at the supermarket are definitely an annoyance, but hardly a threat to life and health. It's a different story in countries like Haiti, where food inflation has led to real hunger and, last week, to riots.

News reports say the poorest Haitians are trying to get by on cookies made with dirt, vegetable oil and salt. Food riots also have roiled Egypt and led to a general strike in Burkina Faso in West Africa. The high cost of corn, wheat, soybeans and other basics of the world's diet could soon start bringing down governments.

It already has set back the fight to reduce global poverty. World Bank Chairman Robert Zoellick estimates that "the effect of this food crisis on poverty reduction worldwide is on the order of seven lost years."

So who or what is to blame? There is no shortage of culprits, natural and man-made. Droughts have cut grain harvests. The global economic boom has raised prices by hiking demand for higher-end food such as beef (it takes a lot of grain to feed cattle) and of food in general. The spike in oil prices has made farming more expensive, from tractor fuel to fertilizer.

Then there's the biofuels craze, fueled by mandates and subsidies in Europe and the U.S."