Updating a post I made back in April, it seems even the Guardian and World Bank are figuring out there’s an urgent trade-off between an energy vision framed around biofuels and the simple fact of people starving.
Biofuels have forced global food prices up by 75% – far more than previously estimated – according to a confidential World Bank report obtained by the Guardian.
The damning unpublished assessment is based on the most detailed analysis of the crisis so far, carried out by an internationally-respected economist at global financial body.
The figure emphatically contradicts the US government’s claims that plant-derived fuels contribute less than 3% to food-price rises. It will add to pressure on governments in Washington and across Europe, which have turned to plant-derived fuels to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and reduce their dependence on imported oil.
Facts like this pit different left-leaning agendas against one another, and outlets like the Guardian against a left-leaning Congress (not to mention a certain public figure who once ran for president). They’re bound to play out in interesting ways.
Turns out also that biofuels don’t reduce so-called ‘greenhouse’ gases all that much anyway (only a problem if ACGW* is real and a problem, which it isn’t). Reducing dependence on foreign oil, of course, can also be accomplished by developing non-foreign oil — an option the U.S. has but Europe mostly doesn’t (they’re strapped to a natural gas pipeline controlled by Russia.)
*Anthropogenic, Catastrophic Global Warming