Don’t expect the media to connect the dots between inflation, higher food prices and government mandated increases in the use of biofuels. ABC didn’t.
“World News with Charles Gibson” explained on February 20 that biofuels are driving up food prices, which is driving up inflation. The Consumer Price Index (CPI), a key inflation reading, rose 0.4 percent in January according to the Labor Department, matching December’s rise.
“Blame it on the price of wheat,” said ABC correspondent Sharon Alfonsi. “Demand for alternative energy has farmers planting less wheat and more corn – the key ingredient of ethanol. Add the growing appetite for wheat from developing countries and the supply is strained.
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What Alfonsi didn’t explain is that the “demand for alternative energies” is an artificial demand created by government mandate. According to the February 12 USA Today, it is heavily-subsidized “government-mandated biofuels” that are contributing to the higher commodity prices.
“Soaring demand, rising oil prices and government-mandated biofuel use have sent many commodity prices to their highest levels in history,” Sue Kirchhoff and John Waggoner wrote in USA Today.
To add insult to injury, biofuels – including corn-based ethanol – aren’t even environmentally friendly, according to experts. A January 23 story by the Associated Press reported that biofuels do more harm than good to the environment.
“But in recent months, scientists, private agencies and even the British government have said biofuels could do more harm than good,” AP reporter Michael Casey wrote. “Rather than protecting the environment, they say energy crops destroy natural forests that actually store carbon and thus are a key tool in the fight to reduce global warming.”
According to an editorial in the February 21 Investor’s Business Daily, our dependence on “foreign oil” in a global oil market would be solved if Democrats in Congress would stop restricting the supply and open up part of Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) for oil drilling.
“Suppose you had a ton of money sitting in your bank account but you decided to max out your credit cards anyway,” the editorial said. “That’s the energy policy of the