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08/06/2012

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PBD

So even as Oklahoma, et al, burns to a crisp, the corporate "cork-soakers" (another SNL classic) like Senator James Inhofe continue to ramp up the GW denial while "servicing" their true financial over-lords.

Can anyone doubt that if (when) it comes down to needing it, these psychopaths would fully support a "Soylent Green" type program as well?!

The sad thing is, most people would probably lap it up! After all, could it be much worse than the McPinkSlime burgers they eagerly wolf down now?

lightningclap

Do I remember them? I grew up on them! It seems like they were the first to parody the medium of radio, starting in the 40s. They paved the way for a whole sensibility in humor that resonates in SNL, Letterman and others. Bob is still alive at 90 years or so, and let's not forget his son Chris: his brand of comedy is an acquired taste, but his numerous Letterman bits were way ahead of their time, and he recently had a ridiculously surreal show called "Eagleheart" which I love. Hoping for a third season.

As for food supply, that is not on anybody's radar...until one starts having difficulty finding food. Then they may start caring.

re: Soylent Green, the folks of that world didn't know it wasn't soy, so of course that WOULD be easy to sell.

Andrew Kirk

Geez, that was funny...tears running down my face funny. Thanks again, Dave. (If you want my...yada yada yada.)

rjs

just to update your figures: http://www.bigpictureagriculture.com/2012/08/hot-5-subsurface-irrigation-food-price-infographic-ethanol-mandate-crop-insurance-pasture-conditions.html

in No 3, Kay computes that 48% of this year's reduced corn crop will be used to satisfy the mandate...

John D

The only solution I can figure is for all the poor people of the world to pony up for a lobbying corporation on K street and outbribe the ethanol lobby. This is- wait for it-- insane!

Northern Troll

Ethanol is a disaster on so many fronts...but so is corn production as well! But corn, beef and ethanol producers have their lobbies to continue extracting subsidies from Washington that even Republicans rarely criticize. But why do American taxpayers keep going along with subsidizing an industry that burns more oil than what it returns for fuel? Not to mention the environmental costs in water loss and topsoil erosion from all that useless corn production:

Adding up the energy costs of corn production and its conversion to ethanol, 131,000 BTUs are needed to make 1 gallon of ethanol which has an energy value of only 77,000 BTU. "Put another way," Pimentel says, "about 70 percent more energy is required to produce ethanol than the energy that actually is in ethanol. Every time you make 1 gallon of ethanol, there is a net energy loss of 54,000 BTU."
http://www.igreens.org.uk/ethanol_from_corn_.htm

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