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I agree entirely. But it is not just in "third world" countries that the impact is being felt, it is also happening right here in NZ. Anyone noticed the price of bread recently. We are allegedly rich and are finding it more and more expensive to feed our family, it makes me wonder how the poor in this country will survive. Or does this mean more handouts from the government?


Not to mention the exorbitant price of milk in NZ, while dairy farmers enjoy huge cash payouts - go figure as I can't work it out ? No wonder families struggle !!

Proud too be a kiwi - yeah right.

Danyl Mclauchlan

But then I guess people from Africa are not as photogenic as polar bears.

Yep - those Africans had it pretty sweet before all this climate change nonsense.


God did not give up on Africa Danyl, Africans gave up on God, that is why it is a fruitless land ruled by the machete .


I think Danyl is correct in his comment as far as it goes Dad.

The bit he is forgetting, as most western liberals do is that famine was a fact of European life until comparatively recently. For example the potato famine of Ireland in the 19th century.

But it is industrialization that can take the credit for eliminating famine as an immediate threat that we face. And thats the bit that always gets left out


This is the real tragedy the lack of common sense by the blind-minded 'scientists' promoting AGW. The only compassion they show is for their wallets.

Psycho Milt

Can you point to where Jeanette Fitzsimons and her supporters have been advocating for biofuel? Frogblog has in fact made the same point you just did.

As far as I'm aware, most environmentalists know damn well that biofuel is a crock of shit being peddled by capitalists chasing subsidies handed out by dumbass politicians who'd like to appear to be doing something for the environment without actually having to put any effort into it or risk any electoral unpleasantness. Don't try and hang this one on the Greens.

Psycho Milt

Sorry, that link to Frogblog is knackered. Here it is again.


As far as I'm aware, most environmentalists know damn well that biofuel is a crock of shit being peddled by capitalists chasing subsidies handed out by dumbass politicians who'd like to appear to be doing something for the environment without actually having to put any effort into it or risk any electoral unpleasantness. Don't try and hang this one on the Greens."

golly....a Lefty telling the truth for a change....well said PM.But the Greens don't get off that easy.


I remember reading about this a year ago - LINK

Here's the money-quote -

Just a single fill of ethanol for a four-wheel-drive SUV, says Brown, uses enough grain to feed one person for an entire year. This year the amount of US corn going to make the fuel will equal what it sells abroad; traditionally its exports have helped feed 100 - mostly poor - countries.

Don't forget overpopulation in this either.

Acid Comments

Of interest.

So much for the CO2 theory and belching cows causing climate change.


Changes in the Sun’s
Surface to Bring Next Climate Change

January 2, 2008

Today, the Space and Science Research Center, (SSRC) in Orlando, Florida announces that it has confirmed the recent web announcement of NASA solar physicists that there are substantial changes occurring in the sun’s surface. The SSRC has further researched these changes and has concluded they will bring about the next climate change to one of a long lasting cold era.

Today, Director of the SSRC, John Casey has reaffirmed earlier research he led that independently discovered the sun’s changes are the result of a family of cycles that bring about climate shifts from cold climate to warm and back again.

Acid Comments

Also of interest.


The Great Ethanol Corndoggle

And, “paying a little extra” is a mean euphemism when it comes to the average taxpaying citizen pulling up for a feed from one of the new corn pumps. Before even touching a nozzle they have paid at least $3.60 per gallon for corn ethanol through subsidies and tax breaks—the bulk of that to ADM (the Archer Daniels Midland corporation, “Supermarket to the World”). (1) And that’s just the federal subsidies, most corn states add subsidies of their own. Another way to put it…every dollar of actual corn ethanol profit costs taxpayers about $30. Corn itself is already America’s most subsidized crop, swilling over $50 billion in federal fixings between 1995 and 2005. Add to that Ethanol’s 200+ tax breaks and subsidies worth almost $6 billion per year, and it is obvious why ADM has done everything possible to program Americans into associating “corn” with “ethanol”. ADM is making a killing in one of the most successful mass boondoggles in history.

For The People, a solid benefit of corn ethanol’s growth as a motor fuel is establishment of distribution infrastructure for a fuel with fantastic promise—if done right; a stepping stone from a hydrocarbon-based economy to a carbohydrate-based economy. And that’s about it right now for benefits to The People because corn for ethanol is a loser. Even Senator John McCain hit a kernel of truth in 2004:

“Ethanol is a product that would not exist if Congress didn’t create an artificial market for it. No one would be willing to buy it…. Yet thanks to agricultural subsidies and ethanol producer subsidies, it is now very big business—tens of billions of dollars that have enriched a handful of corporate interests—primarily one big corporation, ADM. Ethanol does nothing to reduce fuel consumption, nothing to increase our energy independence, nothing to improve air quality.”

Acid Comments

Also of Interest:


So it appears that Arctic ice isn't vanishing after all

There was some coverage of the chaos caused in central and southern China by their heaviest snowfalls for decades - but little attention was paid to the snow that last week carpeted Jerusalem, Damascus and Amman, none of them exactly used to Dickensian Christmas card weather.

Similarly, Saudis last month expressed amazement at their heaviest snow for many years, in Afghanistan snow and freezing weather killed 120 people and large parts of the United States and Canada have been swept by unusually fierce blizzards.

If the northern hemisphere's chilliest winter in a long time was bad news for the propagandists of global warming, they also had to face serious questions about some of the most iconic images used to support the claims that the world is hotting up towards disaster.

Acid Comments

Also of interest.


Global Cooling: Amazing pictures of countries joining Britain in the big freeze:

But it really is remarkable how little attention has been paid to the extraordinary weather events which in recent weeks have been affecting other parts of the world.

Across much of the northern hemisphere, from Greece and Iran to China and Japan, they have been suffering their worst snowfalls for decades.

Similarly freakish amounts of snow have been falling over much of the northern United States, from Ohio to the Pacific coast, where in parts of the state of Washington up to 200in of snow have fallen in the past fortnight.

In China - the only example to have attracted major coverage in Britain - the worst snow for 50years triggered an unprecedented state of emergency

Snow has devastated thousands of square miles of farmland, threatening severe food shortages.

The total cost of the disaster to the Chinese economy may be more than £10billion.

In Afghanistan, freezing weather and the worst snow for 30 years have killed more than 900 people.

In neighbouring Tajikistan, according to aid agencies, the coldest winter for 50 years, along with soaring food prices and a massive energy crisis, threatens a "humanitarian catastrophe".

In Greece and Turkey, where temperatures dropped as low as minus 31 degrees Celsius, hundreds of villages have been cut off by blizzards and drifting snow.

In Iran, following heavy snowfalls last month, its eastern desert regions - normally still hot at this time of year - have seen their first snow in living memory.

In Saudi Arabia last month, people were amazed by the first snow most had ever seen.

On the Pacific coast of Japan last week, heavy falls of snow injured more than 50.

Meanwhile in the U.S., similarly abnormal snowfalls have hit more than a dozen states. One Massachusetts town reported 12ft drifts after its heaviest snows in 30 years.

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