The Left’s World Food Crisis and Egypt Today

Today I posted an article theorizing that “freedom” isn’t the driving force in Egypt – our support for Israel and America’s policies are behind the uprisings.  A devalued dollar, corn and wheat sky high, oil rising, and the U.S. friendly relationship with the Middle East’s only democracy is rubbing the Egyptian people the wrong way? Never mind that we give them $1.5 BILLION ANNUALLY. It is accurate to say that the Left’s world food crisis is escalating, and we will feel it, perhaps as we have not for decades or longer.  See a video below.

Cairo Grain Market

(tucking this note in here because it is relevant) This minute, Eric Bolling is sitting in for Glenn Beck today and a guest says that the price of crude is going to skyrocket and when it does, any economic recovery we are told we are having, is over.

Egypt is the largest consumer of wheat in the world, and long before this week’s protests, the people were hungry. Rising mandates for corn ethanol make it darn hard to afford our tacos, and pricey ethanol subsidies will ruin our lawnmowers, and maybe our auto engines. It’s all cooking in one big pot and it is nothing new. Senator Dianne Feinstein has been advancing corn ethanol since at least 2002. Well-known ethanol analyst Chris Horner from the Competitive Enterprise Institute says “Ethanol has become a terminal condition for our economy.”

On January 21, 2011 the Obama administration approved a higher-ethanol blend be used in 60% of vehicles (cha-cheng, cha-cheng – tacos soaring). The question is, will Congress now get involved and take back their sworn duty to make law, rather abdicating it to Czars and the EPA – meaning they will tell the EPA their days of illegally regulating the air we breath is over, and in doing so will embalm and bury the Cap and Trade’s bloated and rank corpse.

But we’ve made corn growers happy, and not only have given them an exploding market, we’ve also subsidized them to the tune $7 BILLION PER YEAR – and that makes the greenies happy as well.

From Chris Horner after Obama’s 2011 SOTU address:

Now, in tonight’s State of the Union address and for the third year in a row, President Barack Obama will call for adding to the annual burden by a factor of ten to twenty. Remember, one of his campaign’s money lines was “we are going to spend billions of dollars on solar, wind, and biodiesel.” Yes, it’s criminal that we haven’t done that yet. I mean, except for the billions already spent. Ignore that. Isn’t it time we began investing in…

We hear over and over that corn ethanol and sugar ethanol will not reduce green house emissions, or if it does it is only by a small amount: The EPA and both the Bush and Obama administrations ignored such claims:

All of the fossil fuels used to grow corn and change it into ethanol release new carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. The net effect is that ethanol from corn grown in the Corn Belt does increase atmospheric greenhouse gases, and this increase is only about 15 percent less than the increase caused by an equivalent amount of gasoline.

On January 3, 2011 the Biofuels Digest reported that corn has reached a 29-month high to $6.29 per bushel, the highest since 2008. Ethanol spiked upward by 22 percent for the year. Likewise, at that time oil passed $90 per barrel, but crossed $100/barrel earlier this week. A television analyst today suggested that $200/barrel, soon, is not an impossibility.

One third of all oil comes from a area just a few hundreds miles from Egypt. The Suez Canal, the Strait of Hormuz – what happens if instability in the Middle East closes those shipping lanes? And the Obama administration continues their moratorium on U.S. drilling. I tell ya, it’s criminal – treasonous.

On January 6th, 2011 there is this:

Food riots, geopolitical tensions, global inflation and increasing hunger among the planet’s poorest people are the likely effects of a new surge in world food prices, which have hit an all-time high according to the United Nations.

The UN’s index of food prices – an international basket comprising wheat, corn, dairy produce, meat and sugarstands at its highest since the index started in 1990, surpassing even the peaks seen during the 2008 food crisis, which prompted civil disturbances from Mexico to Indonesia.

Now Cairo’s famed museum is on fire, cruise ships have cancelled tours to Egypt’s ports, and the price of wheat is soaring, with Egypt being the largest consumer of that commodity. There is no food on the shelves in Egypt (just reported):

According to the Wall Street Journal, in 2001, only 7 percent of U.S. corn went to ethanol. By 2010, the ethanol share was 39 percent.

So instead of growing wheat, our farmers are growing corn in order to cash in on ethanol subsidies.

[Yesterday, economist Larry Kudlow said this] Egyptians who can’t afford to buy bread and have taken to the streets in protest might be very interested to know this.

And what about the many reports that ethanol is dangerous to our auto engines?

The head of the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association, Charles Drevna, said his group would continue its lawsuit. “Widespread use of 15 percent ethanol in gasoline could cause engine failures that could leave consumers stranded, injured or worse, and hit consumers with costly engine repairs,” he said in a statement. “It’s the wrong decision, at the wrong time, made for the wrong reasons.”

On January 21, 2011 this from NBC:

Nearly two-thirds of cars on the road could have more corn-based ethanol in their fuel tanks under an Environmental Protection Agency decision Friday….

The fuel is popular in farm country because most ethanol comes from corn and other grains.

It faces strong opposition, however, from the auto industry, environmentalists, cattle ranchers, food companies and others. Those groups say that using corn to make ethanol makes animal feed more expensive, raises prices at the grocery store and tears up the land. (cha-cheng, cha-cheng). [2008 – Mexico’s Poor Suffer as Tortilla Price Rises]

“It seems like corn growers and the ethanol industry are the only real winners here,” said Craig Cox of the Environmental Working Group, an advocacy group that opposes use of the fuel.

It’s appropriate to add the Obama administration to the exclusive list of those benefiting from world chaos. Obama told us he would bankrupt the coal industry, and we should prepare for our energy bills to skyrocket. When we can’t eat, and we can’t heat or cool our homes, we get angry.

Remember: $7BILLION in tax payer monies to grower subsidies – every year.

Ethanol burns hotter than gasoline, causing catalytic converters, which help clean engine emissions, to break down faster.

It is very easy to dismiss what is going on in Egypt as the fight for freedom, which in a Muslim country never brings much freedom, and certainly no democracy. Freely choosing the nation’s leaders, and ridding the population of the despised police force was the intention when a small group of 20-somethings met in a home and posted a rallying call on Facebook. Receiving an overwhelming response, other factions quickly inserted themselves into the action on the streets. The Rubin Report believes the uprising is about more than “freedom,” it is about Israel and the policies of the U.S. The people in the streets are one thing. The people behind Cairo’s closed doors are another. Israel’s peace treaty with Egypt is at stake along with the survival of that tiny nation. Today, Israel is in more danger than anytime since the end of the Six Days War.

The Left’s world food crisis is raging and promises to get worse. Hungry, oppressed peoples are willing to do most anything to eat and live in peace. There are millions of hungry and oppressed in the Middle East. Will they…will we, survive the Left’s assault on food, energy and transportation? We will not without intense focus on the real issues, and what is behind them: it’s the the money – it’s always the money. Let’s start by defunding the EPA.

I  had hoped to have a interview vide0 for this post with Chris Horner and Neil Cavuto on ethanol from a week or so ago. I’m still looking for it, but in the meantime the following video is excellent. Chris explains why the government wants moonshine in our gas tanks.

Chris Horner on Moonshine in our Gas Tanks (video)

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