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Ethanol Push Adds to Forces Lifting Food Costs

WSJ.com – April 16, 2007

Interesting article about the affect of the increase in ethanol on the price of corn and pressure on food uses of corn. This was an obvious repercussion of the desire to move away from foreign oil sources for liquid fuel. While this push may be due to fears of global warming, it is convenient that it serves the goals of eliminating oil as a part of the geopolitical strength of portions of the world. 

It is unfortunate that the US is not adequately prepared for this rush of demand.  I hope that this price pressure does not significantly impact the poor and their desire to get adequate food and nutrients.

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Pump Games: Fill Up With Ethanol? One Obstacle is Big Oil

Wall Street Journal Online – April 2, 2007

This article is relevant to all people, if you believe in global warming or not.  Regardless of your beliefs, there are very strong geopolitical reasons to break the liquid fuel monopoly that oil has on the modern day human population.  Efforts to create a viable source of liquid (or gaseous) fuel that can be used to fuel our insatiable transportation needs are very important in the world economy.  It would be great if that alternative liquid fuel would be more eco-friendly causing less pollution and it wouldn’t hurt to have it spit out more CO2 regardless of whether carbon dioxide is affecting climate change or not.

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Ethanol Tariff Loophole Sparks a Boom in Caribbean

WSJ.com – March 9, 2007

This is an interesting article that technically is not about global warming.  Since most proponents of global warming proclaim that we need to increase our use of alternative energy sources (something I personally agree with but for geo-political reasons – not environmental) this article is fitting for this site.  The article discusses the business of importing ethanol into the US since there is a fairly hefty tariff on such imports to protect US farmers.

His company, EthylChem Ltd., is just one of a rush of new Caribbean enterprises trying to serve the suddenly booming U.S. ethanol market.

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