We are told that because of the mid-west drought the US corn crop is set to be the worst for 6 years. Actually quite an achievement of farming efficiency considering the droughts are the worst since the 1930s, but even so this will create a world food shortage that will Impact upon everyone in the world.
For those of us lucky enough to live in the west we will suffer significantly higher food prices. For those unlucky enough to live in poorer countries who can’t afford to compete with western buying power it will mean starvation and malnutrition.
The situation could easily be alleviated; all it requires is for the USA to remove the mandate to dilute ordinary petrol with 9% of crop based ‘renewable’ ethanol. This policy means that 40% of the American corn crop, all perfectly good food and desperately needed to feed people, will be used this year to fuel transport. And this in a world where there is a relative glut of ordinary petrol that works better in cars anyhow.
For once even the UN is on the side of common sense and is asking the Americans to remove the renewable fuel quota. But most reports suggest that they will not do so.
Personally (and even if I believed in the CO2 nonsense) I find it morally indefensible and grossly obscene for a government to prioritise a microscopic CO2 reduction over the prevention of hardship, starvation and malnutrition for potentially millions of people.
This sort of grotesque mindlessness and criminal obliviousness to the consequences of their policies is what makes me really angry about the green religion.