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Laying off the Oregonian - Biofuels

Science Magazine April 27, 2007 page 515: An Editorial entitled –The biofuels Conundrum – States “Even if corn could yield 30% of the equivalent energy of gasoline (the goal set by the Secretary of Energy), that would create a whole array of collateral distortions.” It is interesting that the editor in chief choose the word distortions, rather than damage. He then goes on to list, environmental impact in the United States, Economic impact to the world markets, and disastrous effect on the hungry and poor of the world. All of these impacts are severe and ignored by environmentalists. The probability of those effects occurring is almost assured.

The sad part is that his bottom line is “…the sobering reality is that what the U.S. government spends on all of plant physiology is only one hundredth of the research budget of the National Institutes of Health. That is far to little for a venture this important.” Back to business as usual for the editor. We need more money for the readers of his magazine. Who cares about the poor and the hungry? Not many, but as their numbers grow, that will change, especially if you become one of the hungry. Do we have to go back to the depression in the 1930’s before reality sets in. Biofuels are one of the stupidest ideas to solve the energy crises. Changing food into fuel to drive cars is about as callous and shortsighted as the human brain can get.

At least a prominent scientist has spoken out about the absurdity of this idea. Hopefully, others will follow with the environmental and economic impacts of wind, wave and solar power as solutions to the energy crisis. The absolute truth is that nothing can be done that will not impact the environment. Wind, wave and solar power are only green to the slow witted.

If the energy crisis is going to be adverted nuclear power must play a major role. This is difficult to do because of the large number of intellectuals that spoke out against nuclear power 40 years ago. Eating crow is a repulsive thing to do. Consider that in this CO2 polluted world, we still have people trying to remove the dams from the Snake River. It is ironic that the fervor the environmental groups raised to solve one of their supposed problems is now preventing the solution to an actual and much bigger problem.

The probability that the country will solve the energy problem without dams and nuclear power is remote.



By D. J. Dodds

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