PM Harper Claims Biofuels Have Not affected Food Prices…Much

With food prices rising around the globe it is a major concern that any nations’ leader would attempt to take food stocks out of circulation and place those very same food grains into the spectrum of biofuel production.
Although PM Harper claims that biofuels have not driven up the price of food, he does state that “To the best of our knowledge, there are several causes to the recent rise in food prices and I don’t want to minimize any of them — and biofuels is probably a factor,” said the prime minister. “But we’re convinced the far greater factor is actually the rise in energy input costs for the production of food. This is just another indication of why we must develop alternative fuel sources.”
Food for fuel is stupid. Food for fuel is not a real alternative energy source nor will it ever be. Ethanol production from food grains is an expensive energy source that will deprive the worlds’ poorest of food staples.
This week in the United States, T. Boone Pickens came out in support(with millions to back it) of building a natural gas infrastructure system that could fuel vehicles across the US. He claims that natural gas is an underutilized fuel that could easily bridge the gap from oil to a new energy source, or at least provide energy stability for the next 3 or 4 decades.
Canada sits on massive natural gas reserves which are largely untapped.
Instead of wasting more money on biofuels, Canadas’ government should look at ways to get natural gas into the transportation market by investing in the necessary infrastructure needed to deliver this product to market.
I think if we are going to subsidize something, it should be something that at least has a future, and biofuels the way they stand do not have any future.


  1. Anonymous
    Posted July 11, 2008 at 10:54 am | Permalink

    The government isn’t going to do anything to significantly reduce dependence on crude oil as long as it’s our chief export.

    ….follow the money.

  2. Anonymous
    Posted July 11, 2008 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

    Sure. Have you seen the new mouth on the hill?

  3. Anonymous
    Posted July 11, 2008 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

    “Sure. Have you seen the new mouth on the hill?”

    Teneycke is the “former” executive director of the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association. Now he’s Harper’s mouthpiece. He’ll say what he’s told to say.

    We’ll see. I’m betting we won’t see that 5% target met by 2010. Governments are experts at setting targets and then coming up with excuses why they can’t be met.

  4. Anonymous
    Posted July 11, 2008 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

    they Are mostly liing

  5. Anonymous
    Posted July 12, 2008 at 1:33 am | Permalink

    A good piece Jim.

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