Despite the threat of a veto from President Bush, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is pushing through an Energy bill that eliminates tax breaks to oil companies, which requires a “40 percent increase in automobile fuel efficiency, a huge increase in the use of ethanol as a motor fuel, and a mandate for utilities to use renewable fuels” (www.cnn.com).

I could point out several problems with said bill, but I want to here focus on requiring an increased use of ethanol.

Ethanol is made with corn, which sounds like a grand idea. Pay farmers to grow more corn, thereby growing the farming sector of the economy, burn cleaner fuel, keep the enviro-nuts happy…blah, blah, blah. There is, however, one major problem:

We can’t grow enough corn to fuel our cars and feed our citizens.

Corn is used not only for eatin’ right off the cob (or straight out of the can, depending on how you eat your corn), but also to make various and sundry other products, as well as to feed the animals we eat and who produce other edibles, such as milk, cheese, butter, etc.

So, if you start using corn to run your car, you’re looking at an increase in food prices. Corn is scarce, so farmers are paying more to feed their cattle, chickens, and pigs. That means, directly, beef, poultry, and pork prices go up. Then, so do the prices of milk, butter, and cheese (bought a gallon of milk lately? We’re already seeing the rise!).

How else can we feed our tasty cows, pigs, and chickens? While there are other foods that one can safely feed an animal that will one day be on my dinner table, with scarce corn supplies, the prices of that feed will go up to because of higher demand. There’s no escape from the rising food cost.

So, would you rather pay more for your petroleum or your food?

There are some who argue that this is all just an evil scheme from the environmentalist wackos to make us believe that the world is overpopulated (defined as not having enough resources to sustain your population). While we are perfectly able to feed our citizenry in the United States, pouring our food into our gas tanks will certainly make that task significantly more difficult. Which is exactly what they want.

Here’s a solution: drill where we have oil. The polar bears will manage…

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