Well, on Friday, Cap and Trade passed through the Hosue of Represenatives with the help of Eight Traitor Republicans. Shame on you for voting to place the chains of tyranny on my generation, and the one behind me.
Before I discuss the chains that HR 2454 places upon us, I would like to mention one good thing. It puts funds into research and production of Algae Based Bio-Diesel. This is the only truly sustainable and non-intrusive idea in the bill. If we were to convert acreage of United States farmland, we would need at most 1-2% of total acreage to grow enough Algae to fuel the country’s transportation systems. And, unlike Switchgrass (which would require approximately 75% of current acreage) and Corn (Subsidised in the Cap and Trade Bill, and requiring 109% of current acreage) Algae based bio-fuels can be grown in skyscrapers, in deserts, in space, or even on the moon, thus not requiring a reduction in the global food supply that Ethanol Corn would create. On top of that, a gallon of Algae Bio-Fuel is 103% more efficient then a comparable quantity of Diesel.
However, as noted above, HR 2454 puts a large quantity of funding into Ethanol Corn Subsidies, a worthless and, quite frankly stupid, enterprise that will have large negative effects across the planet.
The United States is one of the world’s breadbaskets, along with the Nile Floodplain and Delta, and the Chinese River Country. If we continue to follow this reckless path, then the price of Ethanol Corn will go up, at a rate where other farmers in other nations will abandon Wheat, Rice, and Soy for Ethanol Corn, reducing the Global Food Supply. This will increase starvation across the globe, and result in massive civil unrest, to the point of creating a Fracture War.
And, as grain is a major American export, this will further the trade imbalance, and result in a nation that continues to grow weaker, as we have to import grain from outside the country, from nations such as Egypt and China, giving China further control over the United States, as they can then threaten to cut off food shipments if we do not do as they say.
And this isn’t even going into the effects this will have on Employment, GDP, Energy Costs, Goverment Control, or Government Intrusiveness. Those are for later posts…