It’s interesting how candid our politicians get when they’re in front of foreign audiences. Al Gore, the global-warming oracle who has pushed the “climate change” agenda for years and who was instrumental in passing legislation creating government subsidies for the production of corn ethanol for fuel, is now on record saying that corn ethanol is “a mistake” and that he only supported the legislation be because he was running for President.
Speaking at a green energy business conference in Athens sponsored by Marfin Popular Bank, Gore said the lobbyists have wrongly kept alive the program he once touted.
“It is not a good policy to have these massive subsidies for first-generation ethanol,” Reuters quoted Gore saying of the U.S. policy that is about to come up for congressional review. “First-generation ethanol I think was a mistake. The energy conversion ratios are at best very small.
“One of the reasons I made that mistake is that I paid particular attention to the farmers in my home state of Tennessee, and I had a certain fondness for the farmers in the state of Iowa because I was about to run for president,” the wire service reported Gore saying.
Also an issue, says Gore, is that trying to make ethanol out of food stocks is a problem because:
“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 with food prices is real.”
…which is, I believe, one of the primary concerns people had in pushing a corn ethanol subsidy program in the first place. When was that done? In 1994, in an evenly-split vote where the tie was broken by – drumroll, please, Vice President Al Gore. Noel Sheppard at NewsBusters.org wrote on this topic and has a very pointed comment:
So more than ten years ago, Gore supported an expensive, “not good policy” because he thought it would help him get elected president.
Yet media don’t believe he’d misrepresent the threat of manmade global warming in order to become extremely rich.
Precisely. And this is why it’s not sufficient to simply make a movie with stunning pictures of ice flows and polar bears and waggle one’s finger at people that they’re melting all the ice caps. Science is provable, science is replicable, science should be free of politics (as our colleagues on the left constantly remind us.) Is this the kind of behavior they had in mind? Don’t hold your breath waiting for an admission that they were a tad hasty with their support or a bit overzealous in their demands that the rest of us just fall in line behind Mr. Gore and, barring a hearty shout of approval, keep our mouths closed.
Al Gore is now on the record: his staunch advocacy is available for anything given the right price. And that, ladies and gents, isn’t support that can be trusted to be accurate.