Beer Prices Going Higher

Beer prices are going higher and not just that beverage. Meat, bread and other staples are going to see likely price increases in the future. Why?

Biofuel! That's right, in our eagerness to rid ourselves of the oil monkey on our backs and move into fermented-grain fuels, we are driving up the price of corn and other grains used in many animal feeds. That will make beef and other foods more expensive. Many farmers are now switching away from traditional crops to growing biofuel products because it's more profitable. That next Bud you drink may cost you more that you think.

www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18941618/
www.usatoday.com/tech/science/environment/2007-05-08-biofuel-doubts_N.htm
www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=mg18825265.400

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This is horrible news! Where I live now in Arlington, VA, I spend much more on beer than I do on gas. I drive barely 5 miles a day so I don't care much about day-to-day fluctuations in the price of gas. However, I do fill-up on good spirits much more often than I fill my gas tank.

Marcy Kaptur is after my wallet and one of my true loves in life!!!! After all, how am I supposed to forget about all the things her and her friends doing FOR me?

Matt Holdridge
The Toledo Tattler

Brightside, it's good for the farmers!

Ok...I wrote a more detailed comment but I forgot to actually hit "Post" so this will be brief.

Point 1. This shows that nothing happens within an economic bubble.

Point 2. Kaptur has been pushing biofuel as America

despite the touted advantages of using corn for biofuels, two recent indpendent tests have reported that the much touted E-85 delivers between 26 and 28 percent less mileage per gallon.

Now that's a lot of mileage to sacrifice to an inferior fuel that'll hit us twice as hard because it raises the cost of corn.

Which brings up two questions:

1. Certain wild grasses have been shown to grow on America's plains, which require no tilling after the original seeding, grows much quicker than corn, and which yields much more ethanol (or methanol) per acre per year,and at a much lower cost.

Q. So, why use corn for biofuels?

2. We have hundreds of years worth of easily mined "inferior" coals which can be converted into much cleaner burning fuels by extracting these fuel building blocks through a process known as coal gasification, which breaks the coal down into the building blocks of fuels and oils, while also separating out the "nasty" stuff that ordinarily makes fuels dirty.

This is cost effective when gasoline prices surpass the ~ $2.00 mark.

Q. Why aren't we building coal gasification plants and using this otherwise useless coal to produce pure, claen-burning fuels?

Anyone?

Anyone?

Bueller?

Anyone?

Bueller?

Hooda Thunkit

Don't forget about the poor in Mexico that are having trouble affording tortillas now. It seems the increased demand in corn because of biofuel has priced many Mexicans out of the market for corn-based foods. Unfortunately they rely heavily on tortillas to provide essential calories.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/6319093.stm

Nothing happens in one part of the world today that doesn't affect another part of the world. You can't do something just because it's good for the environment because there could be far worse consequences in a seemingly unrelated part of the world.

It reminds me of the rush to rid the world of DDT several years ago because of the harm it was causing birds. Unfortunately, no one considered that DDT was the single most important factor in preventing malaria among Africans. In our rush to save the birds we indirectly killed millions of people because of the lack of protection against malaria. Are we doing something similar now? In our rush to save the planet from car emissions are we really harming millions of people in low-income Latin American countries?

Drive less miles, eat fewer buritos, and drink less beer. Not Good!

What would Homer do?

He certainly would not do what you're suggesting brassmonkey! :-)

Matt Holdridge
The Toledo Tattler

Dude, Marcy Kaptur has been in the minority for the past 13 years. Democrats didn't get to VOTE--let alone PASS--anything that the GOP didn't want them to vote or pass, so I think you're laying your blame upon the feet of an innocent.

If the GOP was REALLY the party of small government, whatever, we wouldn't be running the largest deficits in history after 6 years of 1 party rule.

There's certainly enough blame to go around, but GOP Lawmakers wanted and received absolute control. Now they need to face absolute responsibility.

Welcome to the club, they've been raping smokers ("for their own good") for years. Ho hum. Move along, nothing to see here.

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