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AL GORE: LEADING CONTENDER FOR THE GEN. JUBILATION T. CORNPONE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

 

November 23, 2010
Nuclear Townhall
From the Editors

General Jubilation T. Cornpone was the Civil War hero of Li’l Abner’s Dogpatch of whom it was sung:  “With our ammunition gone and facing utter defeat / Who was it who burned the crops so we had nothing to eat.”

It’s been suggested on Nuclear Townhall that the Department of Energy ought to erect a statue of Gen. Cornpone outside its offices in honor of its support of corn ethanol. The 30-year-old government policy has not only wasted energy but placed significant upward pressure on food prices.

Now Al Gore has made a play to be remembered along with Gen. Cornpone when it comes to ethanol subsidies.  Speaking at an international energy conference in Athens this week, the Nobel-Prize-winning finally admitted ethanol wasn’t such a great idea."It is not a good policy to have these massive subsidies for first generation ethanol," said Gore at the green energy conference sponsored by Marfin Popular Bank. "First generation ethanol I think was a mistake. The energy conversion ratios are at best very small. [But i]t’s hard once such a program is put in place to deal with the lobbies that keep it going."

Gore was speaking, of course, of the entire American Midwest, which has now built nearly a quarter of its economy around ethanol subsidies. Dozens of ethanol distilleries have been built at the cost of hundreds of millions of dollars and 40 percent of the corn crop now goes into our gas tanks.

Moreover, Gore was also willing to admit that he originally supported ethanol subsidies to kowtow to farmers and that the government-initiated push into biofuels has pushed up world fuel prices. "The size, the percentage of corn particularly, which is now being (used for) first generation ethanol definitely has an impact on food prices,” he said. “The competition . . is real."

The former Vice President may be modeling for that statue real soon.


Read more about it at Reuters

 

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4 Responses to “AL GORE: LEADING CONTENDER FOR THE GEN. JUBILATION T. CORNPONE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD”

  1. DocForesight Says:

    An appropriate pose would be for Gore to bend over and grab his ankles!

  2. DocForesight Says:

    An appropriate pose would be for Gore to bend over and grab his ankles!

  3. Eric Says:

    This award for Gore is long overdue!

  4. Eric Says:

    This award for Gore is long overdue!