There is the expected squabbling in Copenhagen between rich and poor nations about climate justice. This is going to intensify and extend to class warfare within nations as ordinary people finally start to realize the extent to which the extremely wealthy have compromised the environment that rightfully belongs to everyone in the world. This video is an hysterically funny illustration of the typical cluelessness of the inbred upper class. Lord Monkdon, are you watching?
Leland Palmer has a terrific comment on Climate Progress along these lines:
Leland Palmer says:What I want to know is, what are the emissions from these biofuels and how do they affect trees and food crops? Anybody else wondering about that?
December 12, 2009 at 1:51 pm
About the food shortage biofuel connection, I’m not sure the global rise in food prices was any more spontaneous than the artificial rise in oil prices we saw under the Bush Administration.
In the U.S., for example, Goldman Sachs has been accused of massive commodities trading, which has been alleged to effectively decouple price from supply and demand:
http://www.rollingstone.com/ politics/ story/ 29127316/ the_great_american_bubble_machine
The bank’s unprecedented reach and power have enabled it to turn all of America into a giant pumpanddump scam, manipulating whole economic sectors for years at a time, moving the dice game as this or that market collapses, and all the time gorging itself on the unseen costs that are breaking families everywhere — high gas prices, rising consumercredit rates, halfeaten pension funds, mass layoffs, future taxes to pay off bailouts. All that money that you’re losing, it’s going somewhere, and in both a literal and a figurative sense, Goldman Sachs is where it’s going: The bank is a huge, highly sophisticated engine for converting the useful, deployed wealth of society into the least useful, most wasteful and insoluble substance on Earth — pure profit for rich individuals.
The energy sources that the fossil fuel companies fear the most, and privately are the most interested in, are biofuels, IMO.
Consider ExxonMobil’s recent investments in algae based fuels, and their 600 million dollar investment with Synthetic Genomics to develop algae based biofuels that can be substituted for gasoline.
Pasted below is my latest missive, to the authors of the report (which is of huge interest to me, definitely worth checking out) linked in the first sentence, at Nasa and the US Forest Service: