Europe ahead of America in ditching the bio-fuels boondoggle

The European Union seems to be ahead of America when it comes to the issue of climate change. The nations' of that "union" were early proponents of that particular myth. They gave vast subsidies to solar power producers in Germany and planned to eliminate all its nuclear reactors. They rewarded the biofuel industry with huge government subsidies and mandates. American liberals looked to Euro-elites for guidance. Now, Europe is leading the way towards the realization that the ideology that they have adopted is wrong.

ClimateGate was sparked by disclosures of emails in England that cast serious doubt on the validity of the science behind the claims. European media (particularly English media) has been far ahead of American media in exposing the truth behind the claims. The solar subsidies Germany has been giving are being cut back severely. Plans to decommission nuclear power plants in Germany are being reconsidered. The latest twist: leaked documents from the European Commission may kill heavily promoted and subsidized biofuels by focusing on their total environmental impact. In other words, they are a waste and do more damage to the environment than they supposedly ameliorate.

At the same time that Europe is opening its eyes to the fables peddled by climate change snake-oil salesmen and changing its policies, Barack Obama is barreling ahead with his plans to promote renewable and so-called green, clean energy. President Bush was criticized for being a Luddite - somone who was against "science." Barack Obama was going to be a science president, driven by data.

He fancies himself as not being an ideologue (note: when a politician says he is not something; he usually is). But we know he has bought into the climate-change myth because it is a way to reward his donors and Democratic allies. Obama talks about cutting the deficit but opens yet another government bureaucracy: a climate-change office.

But his efforts go far beyond this step. He is promoting biofuels on massive scale. This helps his friends back in Illinois (Senator Dick Durbin and all the Chicagoans that have moved into the White House orbit) and locks up Iowa ( a big corn state that also happens to be the state that helped him land the Presidency).

How has he fueled the ethanol boom? Tim Carney writes:

Sen. Obama's full-throated embrace of subsidies and mandates for corn ethanol, and his pointed attacks on those -- like John McCain -- who opposed the federal ethanol boondoggle. (During the campaign, for instance, Obama pledged to outlaw new cars that didn't run on 85 percent blends of ethanol.)

Now, President Obama is back on the ethanol horse, helping the K Street-savvy industry by discarding scientific findings from last year that cast doubt on the fuel's environmental benefits, and issuing a rule this month ramping up the federal ethanol mandate.

The Environmental Protection Agency issued a draft rule last year finding that corn ethanol was not really a "renewable" fuel because of all the emissions caused by its production -- making fertilizer, planting corn, harvesting, distilling, shipping and causing deforestation. Last week, though, the EPA reversed course and issued a final rule that would boost the amount of grain ethanol the federal government required gasoline blenders to use.

The corn ethanol industry is rejoicing, but EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said, "We weren't dumbing down the standard to favor any particular industry."

For instance, there's Growth Energy, a new ethanol lobby group co-chaired by former Democratic presidential candidate and Obama donor Wesley Clark. The company's chief executive officer is lobbyist Tom Buis, formerly the top agricultural policy aide to Obama confidant Tom Daschle.


In addition, former Rep. Jim Nussle (R-IA) sits on the board of Growth Energy while his former chief of staff lobbies for the group. There is also the fact that these lobbyists spread campaign contributions to both parties come election time.

Ethanol completely depends on government subsidies and mandates. America faces huge deficits and debts, yet is wasting billions of taxpayer dollars to reward friends of Barack Obama (F.O.B.).

Welcome to Change. Will Obama change these policies in the face of Europeans waking up from their dreams?
The European Union seems to be ahead of America when it comes to the issue of climate change. The nations' of that "union" were early proponents of that particular myth. They gave vast subsidies to solar power producers in Germany and planned to eliminate all its nuclear reactors. They rewarded the biofuel industry with huge government subsidies and mandates. American liberals looked to Euro-elites for guidance. Now, Europe is leading the way towards the realization that the ideology that they have adopted is wrong.

ClimateGate was sparked by disclosures of emails in England that cast serious doubt on the validity of the science behind the claims. European media (particularly English media) has been far ahead of American media in exposing the truth behind the claims. The solar subsidies Germany has been giving are being cut back severely. Plans to decommission nuclear power plants in Germany are being reconsidered. The latest twist: leaked documents from the European Commission may kill heavily promoted and subsidized biofuels by focusing on their total environmental impact. In other words, they are a waste and do more damage to the environment than they supposedly ameliorate.

At the same time that Europe is opening its eyes to the fables peddled by climate change snake-oil salesmen and changing its policies, Barack Obama is barreling ahead with his plans to promote renewable and so-called green, clean energy. President Bush was criticized for being a Luddite - somone who was against "science." Barack Obama was going to be a science president, driven by data.

He fancies himself as not being an ideologue (note: when a politician says he is not something; he usually is). But we know he has bought into the climate-change myth because it is a way to reward his donors and Democratic allies. Obama talks about cutting the deficit but opens yet another government bureaucracy: a climate-change office.

But his efforts go far beyond this step. He is promoting biofuels on massive scale. This helps his friends back in Illinois (Senator Dick Durbin and all the Chicagoans that have moved into the White House orbit) and locks up Iowa ( a big corn state that also happens to be the state that helped him land the Presidency).

How has he fueled the ethanol boom? Tim Carney writes:

Sen. Obama's full-throated embrace of subsidies and mandates for corn ethanol, and his pointed attacks on those -- like John McCain -- who opposed the federal ethanol boondoggle. (During the campaign, for instance, Obama pledged to outlaw new cars that didn't run on 85 percent blends of ethanol.)

Now, President Obama is back on the ethanol horse, helping the K Street-savvy industry by discarding scientific findings from last year that cast doubt on the fuel's environmental benefits, and issuing a rule this month ramping up the federal ethanol mandate.

The Environmental Protection Agency issued a draft rule last year finding that corn ethanol was not really a "renewable" fuel because of all the emissions caused by its production -- making fertilizer, planting corn, harvesting, distilling, shipping and causing deforestation. Last week, though, the EPA reversed course and issued a final rule that would boost the amount of grain ethanol the federal government required gasoline blenders to use.

The corn ethanol industry is rejoicing, but EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said, "We weren't dumbing down the standard to favor any particular industry."

For instance, there's Growth Energy, a new ethanol lobby group co-chaired by former Democratic presidential candidate and Obama donor Wesley Clark. The company's chief executive officer is lobbyist Tom Buis, formerly the top agricultural policy aide to Obama confidant Tom Daschle.


In addition, former Rep. Jim Nussle (R-IA) sits on the board of Growth Energy while his former chief of staff lobbies for the group. There is also the fact that these lobbyists spread campaign contributions to both parties come election time.

Ethanol completely depends on government subsidies and mandates. America faces huge deficits and debts, yet is wasting billions of taxpayer dollars to reward friends of Barack Obama (F.O.B.).

Welcome to Change. Will Obama change these policies in the face of Europeans waking up from their dreams?

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