Let Them Eat Cake Act: American Elites Killing and Starving The American People

Posted on December 20, 2007. Filed under: Blogroll, Climate, Economics, Links, Politics, Rants, Resources, Science, Taxes, Technology, Video |

The price of corn, wheat, bread, milk and meat are significantly rising as the American political elites of both parties celebrate the passage and signing of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. It should have been called Let Them Eat Cake Act.

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I prefer to eat my corn not use it to produce government subsidize Ethanol to power my car.

First your Federal government taxes you hard earned money. Then the Federal government turns around and subsidizes the production of ethanol that results in agriculture land being used to produce corn not to eat but as the raw material for ethanol.

Then you and your family must pay more for a new car largely made of light-weight and plastic materials instead of steel. Then a truck hits your new light-weight material car and injures or kills you and your family resulting in higher medical bills.

All in the name of saving the planet from global warming–the biggest hoax, con-job and swindle perpertrated by the far left.

Well I have some news for the American elites and their bought and paid for politicians–A Second American Revolution and Third Party is in the making!

I will never again vote for a compassionate conservative or a hyphenated American.

I will vote for a conservative that puts the health and wealth of the American people first.

Keep it up and we will vote everyone of you out of office.

Background Articles and Videos 

CAFE’s Three Strikes – It Should be Out  

“…CAFE has three strikes against it:

  • The best evidence suggests that raising CAFE standards will not reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil.
  • Even if human activity is contributing to global warming, raising CAFE standards will have little or no effect.
  • CAFE standards – both at their present level and at the proposed higher levels – pose a significant risk to life and health.
Strike One: CAFE Has Not Reduced Foreign Oil Consumption.

To reduce America’s reliance on foreign oil, CAFE forced auto manufacturers to meet certain mileage standards or pay a fuel consumption tax for vehicles not in compliance. Since 1974, domestic new car fuel economy has increased 114 percent, and light truck fuel economy has increased 56 percent. Yet over this same period, imported oil has risen from 35 percent of the oil consumed in the U. S. in 1974 to more than 52 percent today. …”



Raising CAFE standards will neither decrease U.S. reliance on foreign oil nor reduce the chances of global warming, but it will result in more driver and passenger fatalities. Since the current proposal to increase CAFE standards would set the same standard for cars, light trucks, SUVs and minivans, everybody would be equally unsafe. Worse, since the overwhelming majority of minivan and SUV owners are families, many of these additional casualties would be children.CAFE is morally bankrupt and an indefensible public policy – an experiment that has killed almost as many people as the number of military personnel lost in the Vietnam war. In baseball, when a batter has three strikes, he’s out. CAFE should likewise be retired. …”http://www.ncpa.org/pub/ba/ba388/


Myth: Corn Ethanol is Great


Ethanol: Green Hope?  


Global Pulse: Biofuel – Another Flawed Policy?


Biofuels & Ethanol: The Real Story  


The Corn To Ethanol Process  


Cellulosic Ethanol Education 


Ethanol Scam  


Ethanol Boom Affecting Farms, Gas Pump  


Ethanol Makes Gasoline Costlier, Dirtier

“In his State of the Union address, President Bush spoke a lot about energy independence and alternative energy sources such as ethanol. According to the president, ethanol is the magical elixir that will solve virtually every economic, environmental, and foreign policy problem on the horizon. In reality, it’s enormously expensive and wasteful.

Untruths and misconceptions about ethanol include:

Ethanol will lead to energy independence. If all the corn produced in America last year were dedicated to ethanol production (14.3 percent of it was), U.S. gasoline consumption would drop by 12 percent. For corn ethanol to completely displace gasoline consumption in this country, we would need to appropriate all U.S. cropland, turn it completely over to corn-ethanol production, and then find 20 percent more land for cultivation on top of that.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration believes that the practical limit for domestic ethanol production is about 700,000 barrels per day, a figure they don’t think is realistic until 2030. That translates to about 6 percent of the U.S. transportation fuels market in 2030. …”


Biofuels push up food prices  


Food prices rising – biofuels partly to blame  


Higher Food Prices Causes Shortages At Food Pantry  


Food Fight

“The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently confirmed what shoppers have been noticing for months: the price of food is increasing at an unusually rapid rate. And failed government policies—supporting domestic farmers through restrictions on cheaper imports and stimulating demand for corn-fed ethanol—are adding to consumers’ woes. The federal government can and should take this opportunity to alleviate the effect of higher prices at the grocery store by reducing taxes on imported rice, dairy products, and sugar and by abandoning its misguided support for biofuels.

Paying More for Food

During the calendar year 2007, food prices in the United States increased by 4.9 percent, with especially marked hikes for staples such as milk, cheese and bread (see Table 1). That was higher than the overall inflation rate for urban consumers (the CPI-U) of 4.1 percent over the year to December 2007 and much higher than the 2.1 percent increase in food prices in 2006.[1] In other words, food prices are rising more quickly than consumer prices overall, and more quickly than in the previous year. In the seven years 2000 to 2006, food prices increased by a comparatively modest average of 2.5 percent a year.

Table 1
Food Product Price Increases (12 months ending December 2007)

Product1 Price increase (percent)
Milk 19.3
Cheese 13.0
Bread 10.5
Poultry 6.3
Fruits and vegetables 5.9
Cereal and bakery products 5.4
Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs 5.4
Beef 5.0
Food away from home 4.0
Alcoholic beverages 3.8
Nonalcoholic beverages 3.5
Pork 1.4

1The product categories reflect those used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics when compiling their price indices. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Consumer Price Index: December 2007,” news release, January 16, 2008, www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/cpi.pdf. …”


Van Jones: Ethanol raises food prices, hurts the poor  


Bush, Dems jockeying over energy bill laurels  

“…“Without question, some of the credit is due,” Rep. Adam Putnam of Florida, chairman of the House Republican Conference, said of the White House. “This is the president who stood in the well of the House and said during the State of the Union that ‘America is addicted to oil and we should do something about it.’ ”

Putnam noted that this energy bill will be the second Bush has signed since coming to office, adding that “He has a pattern of working with the Congress to implement energy bills that actually expand access to lower-cost energy that is domestically produced, reducing our dependence on people who don’t like us.”


Bush signs bill raising auto fuel standards  

“Bush inked the legislation after the Democratic-led House of Representatives passed the legislation in a 314-100 vote on Tuesday, a week after the Senate approved the bill 86-8 following a compromise with minority Republicans.

President Bush signed the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which will improve vehicle fuel economy and help reduce US dependence on oil,” the White House said in a statement. …”

“…The bill requires the auto industry to reduce fuel consumption in most cars and light trucks by 40 percent, raising the fuel efficiency standard to 35 miles per gallon (15 kilometers per liter) by 2020.

The current Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standard is around 27.5 miles per gallon for cars and just over 22 miles per gallon for light trucks.

The bill also calls for a sixfold increase in the use of ethanol, a biofuel, to 136 billion liters per year by 2022. The provision is a boon to US farmers as the United States uses corn to produce ethanol. …”


Magical Thinking on Energy Policy 

“…We must address the oil production and gasoline refining issue as a national security issue.  Any energy policy that does not address population growth, the resulting increase in demand, and the effects of petrodollar terrorism, will result in a predictable failure.  We need to dissuade the leadership of this nation from engaging in magical thinking for political purposes, hoping some new technological development will save them from the consequences of inaction.

Congress needs to remove and streamline regulations to promote new drilling and refineries, not discourage them as they have done in the past.  An increase in supply is the only rational response to an increase in demand, in the face of a rising population. Then there is the question of the source of our projected population growth. But that’s another article.”


  Energy Follies

22. oktober 2007
Af Richard Rahn, Honorary Fellow & Director general of the Center for Global Economic Growth, a project of FreedomWorks Foundation.  

“…Is it really so difficult to understand that mandating a huge increase in corn production (with subsidies) for ethanol will result in less corn for other uses, less land for other crop production (and wildlife habitat), and hence higher food prices? Congress had the choice of opening only a couple of thousand acres of the barren tundra in the north slope of Alaska (ANWR) for more oil production, or insisting we all use ethanol.

The amount of land required to replace the gasoline the government will not allow to be produced on this tiny piece of land in Alaska by growing more corn in the Lower 48 (about 40,000 square miles) is larger than the total land area of Indiana or Maine. ANWR could produce about a million barrels of oil a day, which would translate into 7.7 billion gallons of gasoline a year. It would require about 3.9 million bushels of corn to obtain the same energy content from ethanol. …”

“…If all the U.S. cropland (371 million acres) were planted in corn to produce ethanol, it would provide 111 billion equivalent gallons of gasoline, but Americans currently consume more than 140 billion gallons of gasoline. So, if Americans imported all of their food (or starved to death), they still would only attain 80 percent of their gasoline needs if it had to come from domestically produced ethanol.

Simply put, renewable energy sources are, and will be, only capable of supplying a small part of our energy needs. Oil, gas, coal and nuclear will be the major energy sources for many more decades. However, the reason the U.S. depends so much on foreign oil (and gas) is that Congress will not allow drilling in ANWR and many other places. For instance, 85 percent of the potential offshore oil and natural gas development sites off the coasts of the Lower 48 states are now restricted by the government. …”


Sticker shock at the grocery store? Tips on saving

CNBC’s Vera Gibbons deciphers those fresh (and high!) supermarket prices

What’s behind the rising prices?
“…Food costs are increasing at nearly a 6 percent clip per year, double what the government had forecast. There are a number of factors, but two seem to stick out above the rest. For one, transportation costs have been up. When that happens, it costs more to get products to the stores, and the companies are simply passing down the added expense to shoppers.

Another big factor is the high price of corn, thanks in part to increasing demand for corn-based ethanol. Prices have nearly doubled over the past two years, so the prices of everything from cereals and sodas to beef and milk are going up as well. …”


Auto Cafe Standards: Unsafe and Unwise at Any Level

by William G. Laffer III

“…Cafe Kills

While conservation of fuel is valued by proponents of higher CAFE standards, they usually ignore what is more important: human life. The evidence now is overwhelming that CAFE kills. The reason is simple. The easiest way to increase a vehicle’s fuel efficiency, and beyond a certain point the only way, is to reduce the vehicle’s weight by reducing its size and its steel content. While technological improvements in engines or body design also contribute to increased fuel efficiency, there are limits to what technology alone can do. In fact, other federal regulations often limit such improvements. Controls on auto emissions, for example, have forced changes in engine and exhaust system design that reduce gas mileage. (Thomas Gale Moore, “The Unresolved Conflict Between Auto Safety and Fuel Efficiency,” Journal of Regulation and Social Costs, Vol. 1, No. 1 (September 1990), p. 72.)

Light-weight Cars
As such, reducing auto weight is the main means by which CAFE standards have been met. The weight of the average American automobile has been reduced 23 percent since 1974. (Robert W. Crandall and John D. Graham, “The Effect of Fuel Economy Standards on Automobile Safety,” Journal of Law and Economics, Vol. XXXII (April 1989), p. 101.) Cars over 4,000 pounds accounted for about one-quarter of all cars sold during the 1978 model year; they constitute only one percent of the cars built since 1984. Cars of more than 3,500 pounds made up over 70 percent of the 1978 fleet, but were only 36 percent of the 1987 fleet. (R.M. Heavenrich, et al., “Light-Duty Automotive Fuel Economy and Technology Trends Through 1987,” Society of Automotive Engineers, Inc., Technical Papers Series, May 1987, p. 12.) …”


 The CAFE Standards: An Assessment


Buildings Are More Responsible For CO2 Emissions Than Cars  


The Global Warming Hoax


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