Energy Policy Craziness? Consider the Source

Forty-percent of the US corn crop, or five billion bushels a year, goes into the making of ethanol, not food. In view of the current crop shortfall, due to this year’s drought, this misuse of corn is irresponsible.

The Whitehouse has forced the use of renewable energy, ethanol, on the American energy-consuming public, particularly for automotive transportation. Corn has been the primary feedstock for ethanol (which is not a particularly efficient production stock). As a result, we find corn and other grains in short supply.

Cattle, chicken and other meat producers are being forced to downsize their holdings and raise prices due to the shortage of low cost feed.

Once again we see the folly of Washington mandated leadership ― the use of food for fuel. One would think at the very least, the use of corn for ethanol production would be suspended until corn production norms are again achieved.

Of course, a rational response from the Obama administration is fantasy. Government control, be it the post office, Amtrak, airports, farming, etc. is always ineffective ― too little, too late.

America has a potential, super-abundance of low-cost energy available from domestic sources. However, the Obama administration refuses to drill, to authorize pipelines, to permit continental- shelf sourcing, to encourage clean-coal production, etc. At the same time, Obama is insisting on the use of expensive and inefficient ethanol-from-corn fuel for cars.

Crazy? Consider the source.

Further to this, according to Lou Dobbs, China and Canada are entering into a strategic deal where China’s CNOOC would acquire Canada’s Nexen Oil Company. This action will turn China into an owner, rather than just a major buyer, of Canadian oil. The Chinese will reportedly transport the Canadian oil to the West Coast via pipeline, and then onto China via oil tanker.

Obama stopped the Keystone oil pipeline, which would have taken this oil from Canada to Texas. So this forced the Canadians to cut this deal with the Chinese.

To say we have imbeciles in Washington leading our energy policy is an understatement. Think about it: we are spending over $350 billion a year for Middle Eastern oil – money going to countries that hate us. Now Obama has pushed Canada into a strategic relationship with the Chinese.

Frankly, if we don’t get these Leftists out of Washington in November, we can kiss U.S. world leadership goodbye! We are declining in every strategic category under the Obama/Pelosi/Reid/Democrat Radical-Leftist regime.

About the author: William Pauwels

William A. Pauwels, Sr. was born in Jackson Michigan to a Belgian, immigrant, entrepreneurial family. Bill is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and served in executive and/or leadership positions at Thomson Industries, Inc., Dow Corning, Loctite and Sherwin-Williams. He is currently CIO of Pauwels Private Investment Practice. He's been commenting on matters political/economic/philosophical since 1980.

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