Monthly Archives: April 2008

Pols Who Don’t Get It About Ethanol

By David L. Brown Here is a brief follow-up to my recent postings about ethanol. Just over a week ago in my essay “Ethanol Producers Feeling the Pressure,” I suggested that the makers of fake fuel are in deep trouble. … Continue reading

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The Unbearable Truth About Global Warming

By David L. Brown A Federal District Court judge in California has rejected the Bush administration’s request to delay making a decision on whether to order the Interior Department to decide whether or not to list the polar bear as … Continue reading

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Rock and Hard Place for World’s Poorest

By David L. Brown There is a Chinese proverb that begins “The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago.” Much can be gleaned from this aphorism about the present state of the world food crisis. The “solution” … Continue reading

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Economics 101 and the Coming Famine

By David L. Brown There is growing concern about the building “silent tsunami” of famine (as The Economist calls it). One response is to spend more money to provide food for the hungry poor, but that ignores the fact that … Continue reading

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Rice Rationing in US: New Harbinger of Famine

By David L. Brown The onrushing food crisis is gaining momentum, as reflected in the news story below from FoxNews.com. I am including the entire online article because this is important. Unfortunately, Fox didn’t think it was, playing it way … Continue reading

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Ethanol Producers Feeling the Pressure

By David L. Brown An outfit called the Renewable Fuels Association is attacking claims that ethanol is a factor in the rising cost of food in the world. The members of this group are those who make and market ethanol … Continue reading

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Why Don’t Deniers Understand Climate Change?

By David L. Brown What is it about “climate change” that global warming deniers don’t understand? There is a new outburst of claims that the Earth is cooling, not warming, thus proving that greenhouse gas from human action is a … Continue reading

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Consumption Pushing the Limits for Rice

By David L. Brown For many of the world’s people, rice rather than wheat is the “staff of life.” Who can imagine an Asian meal that is not based on this staple grain? About three billion people, or nearly half … Continue reading

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It’s OK Now — There Is No Global Warming

By David L. Brown This will be a brief posting. There is a letter being disseminated around the Internet that addresses the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), demanding that they “retract” their conclusions about global warming as reported in … Continue reading

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Bush’s “New Direction” on Climate Change.

By David L. Brown President Bush today made a speech in the Rose Garden on the administration’s policy toward climate change. At first glance from on-line news reports it sounds like too little, too late and politics as usual. CNN.com … Continue reading

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