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Crop Switch Worsens World Food Price Crisis and Wreaks Havoc on the Poor

Original post made by Mike, College Terrace, on Apr 5, 2008

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Here is another strong argument for halting our compulsion to commute. We are upsetting delicate commodity balances to feed an abnormal need to propel ourselves along in two-ton hunks of metal and plastic. Something has to give.

Subsidization of biofuel is driving the poor to starvation.
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Posted by Just a thought
a resident of Stanford
on Apr 5, 2008 at 4:56 pm

I wonder how many people in the SF Bay Area would use public transport if there was no charge to use public buses, trains, and BART (i.e., subsidized by taxpayers).

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 5, 2008 at 6:32 pm

Obviously Mike and I agree that the commute habit needs another look. Imagine little neighborhood whatchamacallits, where info workers hoteled by the hour, secretary and support services were available, a nice pub/coffee shop in one corner, and no parking so only those within comfortable walking distance would make use of it.

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Posted by Jarred
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 5, 2008 at 11:15 pm

Our compulsion to commute could be easily accomodated without driving up food prices or importing foreign oil if we adopted Robert Zubrin's plan for energy victory, based on flex-fuel vehicles that can burn methanol produced from almost any biomass:
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Electric cars running on electricity produced by nuclear power plants (or solar energy if substantial efficiency improvements are achieved) would be another good option.

Neither conservation nor public transportation are viable solutions IMHO.

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Posted by Walter E. Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 6, 2008 at 8:41 am

One option, never allowed, is to eliminate coercion and allow individuals to make their choice.

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Posted by Tree Hugger
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Apr 6, 2008 at 9:02 am

.The price of a tortilla in Mexico our closest neighbor has gone up in price over 400% in the past few years. This is due to corn being used as a biofuel and the market changing from a food source to an energy source. But where is the humanity how about the millions of people that cannot afford the "New Economy's" price tag?
Should we feed people or Machines?

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Posted by willy
a resident of College Terrace
on Apr 6, 2008 at 3:25 pm

The fact is that Obama has spoken with the gay press only twice, and one of those interviews...was in 2004, before he became a U.S. senator.

The other limited interview occurred after controversy erupted when his campaign added an anti-gay minister to his tour of the South.

It has now been 1,522 days since Obama has been accessible to our community.

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Posted by Paly mom
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Apr 6, 2008 at 3:30 pm

"Let them eat cake."

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