2006 Archive

Q: Can young people do something about the criminal biofuel silliness?
A:  Yes, they can, see here
Q: Will the good people in Asia survive their economic "boom"?
A: Only if they have oxygen, drinking water, and food from elsewhere. See here and here
Q: Do corn growers support increases of US oil and gas production?
A: Enthusiastically! See here
Q: Will climate change influence food we eat?
A: Yes, see here
Q: Food or fuels?
A: One or the other, but perhaps not both. See here
Q: Can ethanol plants coexist with people who drink, bathe, flush, and wash?
A: Sometimes, but more often not. See here
Q: Will the thousands of synthetic chemicals we use kill us?
A: No, first they will maim and disable our children.  Welcome to a practical course in epigenetics. See here
Q:  Will Detroit's three automakers learn from Toyota soon enough to survive?
A:  Probably not, their heads are filled with yellow corn mash, not gray matter.  See here
Q:  Will we be using far more coal in the near-future?
A: If we do not start saving lots of energy today, yes.  See here
Q: Is it easy to find and produce more crude oil?
A: No, it takes a lot of energy and resources.  See here
Q: Is being fat bad for the environment?
A: Some think so.  See here
Q:  Is ethanol good for the farmers?
A: It depends... See here
Q: Is Africa a welcoming toxic waste dump for us?
A: Yes, the poor people and corrupt governments  make it easy for us to poison them.  So we do. See here
Q: Will we kill the last tiny pieces of the native prairie?
A: Of course, we need to burn the earth to produce biofuels.  See here
Q: Will we kill the soil Conservation Reserve Program to keep the corporate profits up?
A: But, of course! Destroying the Amazon forest alone may not be enough for Cargill. See here
Q: Are there any comments on your public debate at the 2006 National Meeting of the  Licensing Executives Society in New York?
A: They are here
Q:  Is this guy a humanity's savior or an arrogant Dr. Death?
A:  Odds are the latter. See here
Q: Is it possible to destroy farmland faster, while mining more water at the same time?
A: Yes, if the government subsidizes the destruction.  See here
Q: Do scientists lie about biofuels?
A: But of course! (The lies are in blue.) See here
Q:  Is part of US DOE a subsidiary of National Corn Growers Association, an industry lobbying group, and its corporate sponsor, Archer Daniel Midlands?
A:  Yes, why not add verbal support to the billions of dollars we send to these two organizations every year? See here
Q: Do people lie about biofuels?
A: Apparently, yes.  See here
Q: Can biomass ethanol make the world hungry?
A: Apparently, yes.  See here
Q: Do the genetically modified plants spread in the wild?
A: Yes.  See here
Q: So what happens when money is to be made off of wild plants?
A: We kill them. See here
Q: What will the possible human ability to decompose cellulose do to the Earth?
A: Kill her and us even faster. See here
Q: Is it time to get out of ethanol real fast?
A: You bet! See here
Q: Where can I find your rebuttal of the Farrell et al. Science paper?
A:  Look at Science 312(5781),  page 1447. It is here
Q: Who is behind the rapid extermination of the Amazon forest?
A: American agribusiness giants, ADM, Bunge, and Cargill are.  See here
Q: Will there be enough grain to feed ethanol refineries?
A: May be not, see here
Q: Will there be enough water to run the ethanol refineries?
A: May be not, see here
Q: So how much pollution is generated by ethanol plants?
A: A lot, see here
Q: Is there anything we will not burn, so that we may continue to drive as usual?
A: No, we will burn the entire surface of the earth, if we do not wake up.  See here
Q: Are flexible fuel vehicles good for the environment?
A: Hell, no!  See here
Q: Are there limits to air pollution?
A: Not until most will die from breathing... See here
Q: Where can I find the Augusta Free Press article "Fill'er up with corn and politics"?
A:  It is here
Q: Where can I find The Watt  interview with you by Ben Kenney?
A: The podcast file is here
Q: Do we need to lie about what we do to the world?
A: Most likely, yes. See here
Q: Is diesel fuel better than gasoline?
A: To some extent.  See here
Q: Will we drive less this summer?
A: Not! See here
Q: Where is your May 22, 2006, CNBC On the Money interview?
A:  It is here
Q: Will Archer Daniel Midlands be ever caught and brought to justice?
A: Perhaps one day...  See here
Q: If the heavily subsidized industrial food system caused most of Type 2 diabetes in US, what would be the extra cost of this system?
A: $135 billion per year. Somewhat more than the farm subsidies.  See here
Q:  How dangerous is E85 to the air quality in California?
A: Very, see here
Q: Can the flowers we buy here poison the environment in distant countries?
A: Yes, if they are grown similarly to corn, strawberries, etc. See here
Q: What is more important, an $1 billion investment to destroy a virgin tropical forest forever, or the majestic life-saving forest, the lungs and kidneys of our planet?
A: What a silly question to ask, of course $1 billion! Who cares about the stupid forest and life itself?  See here
Q: Is there any natural resource in the U.S. the syndicated corn growers do not want to consume or destroy?
A: Apparently not.  See here
Q: Should I be worried about global warming?
A: Yes, very much.
Q: Are the American people worried about the environment and global warming?
A: (Hot and dirty)  Hell, no!  See here
Q: Can one buy forgiveness for environmental sins?
A: Perhaps, but a new Martin Luther is about to nail the new Ninety-Five Environmental Theses to the door of the virtual church in Wittenberg or the World Wide Web. See here
Q: Where can I find the  4/19/06 Boston's NPR program On Point, "America's Oil Addiction, " with you?
A: The link is here
Q: How does one murder an ocean?
A: Easy, in addition to dumping all our waste in the ocean, acidifying its surface water with CO2 and exterminating the plankton, take all fish from it. See here
Q: Where can I find your short note on the real corn-ethanol transportation system?
A: It is here
Q: Where can I find your reply to the Farrell et al. Jan. 27, 2006, Science article?
A: The Science Letter is still in review.  The detailed report submitted for publication elsewhere is hereThe Builders, a poem by Henry W. Longfellow that goes well with the report is here.
Q: Is it good that the ancient reptiles walked out of the oceans?
A: Apparently, yes - considering what we do to the oceans today.  See here
Q: Where can I find your Energy Tribune cover story about corn ethanol?
A: Click here
Q: Does industrial agriculture impact water quality?
A: Yes, locally and globally.  See here.
Q: Is it possible that coal will replace natural gas in ethanol refineries?
A: But of course! I predicted this switch a long time ago.  See here
Q: How can one destroy 14 acres of plots that produce food for 350 poor people in South Central LA to build a warehouse for WalMart?
A: Easily, if your last name is Horowitz and your friend is the city attorney "Rocky" Delgadillo...  See here
Q:  Is there a drought over Western U.S.?
A: Yes and no.  Click here
Q: Where may I find your Feb. 18, 2006,  BBC World Service Interview?
A: The MP3 file is here
Q: Where is your Feb. 2, 2006 interview with NPR's Morning Edition?
A:  You can listen to it here
Q: Are we going to run out first of oil and gas or water to process them?
A: Probably water.  See here
Q: Does industrial agriculture need a lot of fossil energy? 
A: You bet!  Here is a call from National Corn Growers Association to lobby Congress for more natural gas production everywhere in the U.S. (Accessed 02/21/2006).  Do you remember Theresa Schmalshof's Congressional testimony last year?  If not, it is here
Q: What is "truthiness, " and does it apply to the biofuels debate?
A: Yes, it does.  For the definition look here
Q: Will ethanol production influence food prices?
A: Most likely.  For more see here.