From the "Even I saw this coming" department...
Well, as it turns out, I was correct but, unfortunately, missed the more immediate implications. I was, and am, correct that growing crops to produce biofuel is a horribly inefficient and wasteful approach to generating power. What I missed, however, is that the first victims of this inefficiency would be the world's poor. As it turns out, the increasing use of biofuels is hitting them where it hurts the most- their stomachs:
Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman said Friday that the growing emphasis on corn-based ethanol has contributed to higher food prices, and he said the nation should begin "moving away gradually" from ethanol made from food such as corn.
"As we pursue diversity in our overall energy mix, we must also pursue diversity in our biofuels," Mr. Bodman said at a conference in Alexandria, Va. "This means moving away gradually from ethanol produced from foodstocks like corn."
Mr. Bodman's remarks come as efforts to make motor-vehicle fuels from grains such as corn are coming under fire amid soaring world food prices and food riots in several countries. A U.N. report Tuesday called biofuels a "crime against humanity."
As I've said before, we can either make ourselves feel good about the environment, or we can actually do good for the environment.
I know which one I prefer, how about you?
* Manufactured by that enormous factory I like to call, "the Earth."