Thursday, March 22, 2007

Problems With Ethanol As Energy Source

Didn't anyone in all those fancy think-tanks think this through?
Ethanol, currently made from corn is doing three things even I can see:

1. It's driving up the price of the stuff that people eat as part of their staple diet in places like, oh say, MEXICO. Oh, yeah, they do eat- what are those things called? TORTILLAS. Happens to be made from corn, or maize, as they might call it. Multiply that imbalance over the world. Hmmm. Not a nice way to form a New World Order, or as we like to call it, the NAU. Pisses the south-of -the-border neighbors off - them not being able to afford to eat and all. Riots and shit - have to call in the armies to quell the violence.

** [But you know, old George W has already planned for that. See New York Times article.
Seems Chaney and the good old boys at (KBR)
Kellogg, Brown and Root (subsid. Halliburton) have an optional 4-year renewable contract with the Army Corp of Engineers for $380 million to build Detention Centers around the United States. And a similar one with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement- same deal. So the police state is ready for the inevitable time when martial law is declared. Precipitated by a "catastrophic event"...]


2. Land is now becoming so over-priced that small, young farmers can't afford to buy their own land. They are forced to rent the land. We used to call that sharecropping in Mississippi. The well-heeled corporate consortiums are the only ones who can afford the land. Couple of bad crops, and the small farmer finds himself, and his wife, working for Wal-mart.
And the kids shunted off to day-care and the crappy Public School Education so thoughtfully provided by our government.

3. End result is that in their zeal to find alternative energy sources (thanks Al Gore, you turd), when all is said and done, ethanol won't be much of a solution, for a whole plethora of problems: with growing enough corn(using vast amounts of land, water and fertilizer), distillation and distribution problems. The Brazilians have already committed to producing ethanol. Can't wait to see the repercussions from that.
Small farmers won't be able to work their own land. But hey, the land-owners will be the huge multinational corporations. Just dandy, George.

So let's see now: what else could we use that is clean-burning...? What do you want to bet the plans are already on the drawing board for Nucular[sic] reactors?

Folks, we are being so set up. Individuals? Nah, who needs 'em? We have a government ready to solve all our problems. Just as soon as they finishing causing all the problems.

Christian Science Monitor
March 22, 2007
Amanda Paulson, Staffwriter

DES MOINES, IOWA - Matt Miller dreams of the farm he and his wife and young son could one day live on. Mr. Miller says he could make it work with 200 acres near the small farm his father owns if he focuses on organic agriculture and diversifies with a few dairy cows or hogs. The problem: buying the land. He already rents 90 of those acres, and he and his wife have been saving her income for years to buy the rest. But every time they reach their goal, land prices go up.

"Real estate prices in cities may be falling, but in Midwestern farm country, land values are going
through the roof. Fueled by heavy ethanol demand, which has pushed up corn prices, land that sold for $4,500 an acre a year ago might go for about $6,000 an acre today.

"It's kind of disheartening," says Mr. Miller, an organic inspector for the state of Iowa. who has a friendly smile and an upbeat attitude. "It's like a moving target. All these things we've done are futile." Average land values are up 13 percent in Iowa from a year ago and 14 percent in Nebraska – and far more than that in prime counties. Along with surging corn prices, land-value growth means a boom in wealth for farmers who own their land. But for beginners like Miller, it's made an already tough proposition far tougher.

"It's absolutely destroying their chances," says Mike Duffy, an agricultural economist at Iowa State University and director of the Beginning Farmer Center. When Mr. Duffy advises aspiring young farmers, he says he encourages them to find other ways to begin than buying land. "But they always want to own land," Duffy says. "That's somehow the badge of being a farmer."

Right. Working your own land, building a future for your family. Nope. Sorry guys.

I guess those guys in the think tanks are thinking about something else, huh?

I'm thinking, if we don't stop the Fascists (Corporatism) and the Leftists (so-called secular humanists) like Broad Hillary, the Islamists takeover will be a walk in the park for them.

I'm a little unhinged right now. I'm smelling high crimes and treason. NAU my ass.