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Donít Burn Food for Fuel Ė As Seen on National Geographic
Archdiocese of Washington ^ | September 26, 2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope

Posted on 09/27/2014 1:10:15 PM PDT by NYer

gascornAt the risk of inviting all the usual charges of being politically incorrect, I once again put before you the strange practice of burning food for fuel. The video at the bottom of the post details some of the human costs associated with the increasing use of corn, grains, and other crops for fuel.

There is a tendency for environmentalists of our time to think very narrowly about their issues. It is a praiseworthy thing to seek to reduce pollutants and other things that have negative environmental impacts. The Catechism summons us to good stewardship of the earth, the environment, and our natural resources.

However, the human cost of significant changes (to include higher taxes, the elimination of certain technologies altogether, and other things) should be part of the equation. This is especially true in terms of how it affects the developing world. Yet in my experience, the human cost is almost never presented honestly.

Whatever good intentions environmentalists have, the planet, the climate, and the environment seem to be the overwhelming focus of their concern, at least for the most radical of them. And if human beings are considered at all, we are collectively just a big problem: there are too many of us, we do lots of bad stuff, and it seems that the earth would be better off without us.

So here’s an edgy video, from the National Geographic video site, no less! For the record, let me say again that it is a bad idea to burn food for fuel. And if the video below is correct, it’s going to get worse unless we have an honest conversation and come to some consensus that burning food for fuel IS bad.

Stay tuned; this issue is bound to heat up. I pray that common sense will prevail over what is most certainly a bad idea, one which will harm the poor disproportionally.

I know that I normally use my Friday blog for more light-hearted fare, but this video is what popped up in my video queue today. I’m glad to see the concerns are spreading.


The Hidden Costs of Turning Food Into Fuel


TOPICS: Moral Issues; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: biofuel; corn; ethanol; farmlobby; food; government; msgrcharlespope; ntsa; stfu
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1 posted on 09/27/2014 1:10:15 PM PDT by NYer
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To: Tax-chick; GregB; Berlin_Freeper; SumProVita; narses; bboop; SevenofNine; Ronaldus Magnus; tiki; ...

You know what happens when government intervenes, ping!


2 posted on 09/27/2014 1:10:45 PM PDT by NYer ("You are a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then disappears." James 4:14)
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To: NYer

He who has ears, let him hear...


3 posted on 09/27/2014 1:12:44 PM PDT by chajin ("There is no other name under heaven given among people by which we must be saved." Acts 4:12)
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To: NYer

I vote food.

The biofuels wreck your car’s engine. Don’t use them.


4 posted on 09/27/2014 1:16:46 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: NYer

Environmentalists ARE behind the movement to reduce the World population are they not? As they are then they have not one single praiseworthy intention in any stated goal they proffer.

Environmentalists have contributed more to the demise of this Nation, and the World than any other entity.


5 posted on 09/27/2014 1:19:47 PM PDT by rockinqsranch ((Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will. They ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.))
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To: Salvation

Ethanol is particularly bad on small, two stroke engines like chain saws and lawn mowers.

Some gas stations have pumps where you can get 100% gasoline.


6 posted on 09/27/2014 1:21:16 PM PDT by upchuck (It's a shame nobama truly doesn't care about any of this. Our country, our future, he doesn't care.)
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7 posted on 09/27/2014 1:23:22 PM PDT by Brother Cracker (You are more likely to find krugerrands in a Cracker Jack box than 22 ammo at Wal-Mart)
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“There is a tendency for environmentalists of our time to think very narrowly about their issues. “

So narrowly that they view a hyperfire as being more environmentally friendly than doing controlled burns to clear out dead wood.
So you end up with sterilized dirt due to the higher temps cause by the hyperfires, and nothing grows.
But it’s “natural” that way.


8 posted on 09/27/2014 1:24:01 PM PDT by Darksheare (People who support liberal "Republicans" summarily support every action by same.)
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To: NYer
I'm no fan of the economics of corn ethanol, but I have absolutely no issue with using a substance for fuel that can otherwise be used as food, nor vice versa.

For thousands of years, olive oil lit the night, so what?

9 posted on 09/27/2014 1:25:19 PM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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What I don’t understand is how this can be considered a dependable form of alternative energy. Any number of weather factors could cause a reduction or destruction of the corn being used for ethanol, and then we are in even worse shape.


10 posted on 09/27/2014 1:26:08 PM PDT by kaehurowing
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I don’t have a problem with burning food. I most certainly have a problem with burning alcohol.


11 posted on 09/27/2014 1:27:42 PM PDT by Darth Reardon (Is it any wonder I'm not the president?)
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To: upchuck

**ome gas stations have pumps where you can get 100% gasoline.**

I asked the question about the purity of the gasoline when I usually get gas. They assured me that there were no biofuels in it.


12 posted on 09/27/2014 1:28:13 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: kaehurowing

** Any number of weather factors could cause a reduction or destruction of the corn being used for ethanol**

Perhaps that will happen.


13 posted on 09/27/2014 1:29:42 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Corn is for bread and likker, not ethanol


14 posted on 09/27/2014 1:31:20 PM PDT by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: upchuck; NYer; Salvation; Interesting Times; zot

Southern States gas stations in Maryland and Virginia sell 100% gasoline. the price is a bit higher, but so is your fuel mileage


15 posted on 09/27/2014 1:33:27 PM PDT by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: Salvation

I should have added in crop pests as well. Seems foolish to base an energy policy on a source that is so uncertain and insecure.


16 posted on 09/27/2014 1:42:01 PM PDT by kaehurowing
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For the 1000th time. The economics of ethanol for fuel is debatable, but the corn used for ethanol is not corn fit for human consumption! I guarantee you would not eat it. It is used for cattle feed, high fructose corn syrup and other products. In fact the distilled grains by product from the distillation process is very beneficial as part of the food ration for cattle. Think more interms of more and better steaks, hamburger, etc.

Guess who continues to propagate the food for fuel hysteria? If you said the oil companies, you get the prize. And no, I am not promoting ethanol for combustion engines, but let's at least stick to the facts and not buy in to the hysreia.

17 posted on 09/27/2014 1:43:44 PM PDT by suijuris
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If you said the oil companies, you get the prize

and the corn lobby

18 posted on 09/27/2014 1:46:48 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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Strongly agree. The very idea of giving subsidies towards the business of burning foodstuffs as fuel in gas-tanks (when there is plenty of non-edible fuel already) ... it’s a highly perverse incentive with perverse and damaging results to the price of food for human beings who need to eat it.


19 posted on 09/27/2014 1:52:40 PM PDT by Smashing_Pundit (http://www.smashingpundit.com)
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To: kaehurowing
I'm no fan of the economics of corn ethanol, but I have absolutely no issue with using a substance for fuel that can otherwise be used as food, nor vice versa.

Did you watch the short video? You will find the reason clearly explained.

20 posted on 09/27/2014 1:56:09 PM PDT by NYer ("You are a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then disappears." James 4:14)
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