Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Cassava Chips Going to Biofuel, Not Food Crops; Old-timers Not "Green"; Is EPA a "Rogue Agency?; Where Are the 50 Million Climate Refugees?; Asian Carp Video

The New York Times reveals: But last year, 98 percent of cassava chips exported from Thailand, the world’s largest cassava exporter, went to just one place and almost all for one purpose: to China to make biofuel. Driven by new demand, Thai exports of cassava chips have increased nearly fourfold since 2008, and the price of cassava has roughly doubled.
But with food prices rising sharply in recent months, many experts are calling on countries to scale back their headlong rush into green fuel development, arguing that the combination of ambitious biofuel targets and mediocre harvests of some crucial crops is contributing to high prices, hunger and political instability.
This year, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization reported that its index of food prices was the highest in its more than 20 years of existence. Prices rose 15 percent from October to January alone, potentially “throwing an additional 44 million people in low- and middle-income countries into poverty,” the World Bank said. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/07/science/earth/07cassava.html?_r=1&src=twr
Following is a good email making the rounds about old-timers not being "green".

In the line at the store, the cashier told the older woman that 
plastic bags weren’t good for the environment. The woman apologized
to her and explained, “We didn’t have the green thing back in my day.”

That’s right, they didn’t have the green thing in her day. Back then,
they returned their milk bottles, Coke bottles and beer bottles to
the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and
refilled, using the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled.

But they didn’t have the green thing back in her day.

In her day, they walked up stairs, because they didn’t have an
escalator in every store and office building. They walked to the
grocery store and didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower machine every
time they had to go two blocks.

But she’s right. They didn’t have the green thing in her day.

Back then, they washed the baby’s diapers because they didn’t have
the throw-away kind. They dried clothes on a line, not in an energy
gobbling machine burning up 220 volts – wind and solar power really
did dry the clothes. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always
brand-new clothing.

But that old lady is right, they didn’t have the green thing back in her day.

Back then, they had one TV, or radio, in the house – not a TV in
every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a pizza dish,
not a screen the size of the state of Montana. In the kitchen, they
blended and stirred by hand because they didn’t have electric
machines to do everything for you. When they packaged a fragile item
to send in the mail, they used wadded up newspaper to cushion it, not
styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.

Back then, they didn’t fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to
cut the lawn. They used a push mower that ran on human power. They exercised by
working so they didn’t need to go to a health club to run on
treadmills that operate on electricity.

But she’s right, they didn’t have the green thing back then.

They drank from a fountain when they were thirsty, instead of using a
cup or a plastic bottle every time they had a drink of water. They
refilled pens with ink, instead of buying a new pen, and they
replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the
whole razor just because the blade got dull.

But they didn’t have the green thing back then.

Back then, people took the streetcar and kids rode their bikes to
school or rode the school bus, instead of turning their moms into a
24-hour taxi service. They had one electrical outlet in a room, not
an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And they
didn’t need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from
satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint.

But they didn't have the green thing back then!

Redstate reports: A Seattle public school has decided that Easter eggs are super offensive and not politically correct. They’ve renamed them Spring Spheres (even though eggs are not spheres. This is our public education system at work, people):  http://www.redstate.com/snarkandboobs/2011/04/12/don%E2%80%99t-call-them-easter-eggs-intolerant-monsters-they-are-spring-spheres/ 
Washington Examiner wrote: Someday, you will be pumping gas, staring at the digital numbers racing by, and you’ll wonder: “How could I possibly be paying $6 a gallon for gasoline?”
You also will be wondering why so many of your friends and relatives are still looking for work. Or why America is more dependent on foreign oil than ever before.
If you look back to today, you’ll remember why: President Obama’s de facto moratorium on deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.
You’ll recall how Gulf workers had begged the White House to approve new permits for oil exploration. They were losing their jobs and gas prices were soaring. It made sense to get everyone back to work exploring for oil in the Gulf.
Obama responded from the Bizarro World. He said he wanted to cut America’s dependence on foreign oil. Then his administration effectively blocked U.S. offshore exploration, refusing to approve but a handful of deepwater permits in the Gulf. He said he wanted incentives for domestic drilling, then sought new limits on drilling leases.
Daily Caller writes: In 2005, the United Nations Environment Programme predicted that climate change would create 50 million climate refugees by 2010. These people, it was said, would flee a range of disasters including sea level rise, increases in the numbers and severity of hurricanes, and disruption to food production.
The UNEP even provided a handy map. The map shows us the places most at risk including the very sensitive low lying islands of the Pacific and Caribbean.

Thanks to the reality of census numbers, followed by the UN’s handling of this, we can now safely say that the claim of “climate refugees” is total fantasy. Be sure to leave comments on any website that makes this claim, and link to this and the Asian Correspondent website.
Kudos to Gavin Atkins for asking this simple question after six years of this fantasy being used to push an agenda.
Update: The UN now says that there will be 50 million climate change refugees by 2020.
Glenn Beck reveals:  Bolivia is drawing up a U.N. treaty which would give Earth the same rights as humans. These rights include but are not limited to life, pure water and clean air. This is a new attempt at an old U.N. desire: to impose global environmental regulations.
Stop the ACLU wrote:  Now the German online DIE WELT has a report here called: Energy Saving Lights Emit Toxic Substances.
It was already widely known that CFLs released deadly mercury, but only if they broke, see here for example, or here on what to do if one breaks. Now, according to the German television news show “Markt“, which will air tomorrow evening at 8:15 pm, CFLs also emit cancer-causing fumes during their operation, principally phenol, which is highly toxic even in small amounts.
Apparently, Democrats just want to kill grandma. And kids. And everyone. Hey, Paul Krugman says people should no longer be civil, ya know.
The official expert for lighting, Peter Braun, confirmed the magazine’s claims that substances can find there way in the air in a room. ‘Of special concern was that all lights that were tested emitted cancer-causing substances while they operated, and these happened to be the substances that occurred with the highest concentrations,’ Braun told the network.”  http://www.stoptheaclu.com/2011/04/18/good-news-cfls-now-reported-to-release-cancer-causing-vapors/
Youtube shows: Much has been written about the probable Asian carp invasion into the Great Lakes via the Chicago river, and the legal efforts to shut that Chicago river down to prevent the dangers and eco-disaster which would accompany that invasion.  Although the video referenced below is full of laughter, we should consider just what this would mean to our safety while swimming, skiing, or boating.  It is a terrible thing to contemplate. Please watch and be ready to be amazed.  http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=x3Bf0WhvsNk

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