Posted: December 18, 2007 in Environmentalism

From the “but…but….but…” Dept.:

Corn boom could expand ‘dead zone’ in Gulf

The nation’s corn crop is fertilized with millions of pounds of nitrogen-based fertilizer. And when that nitrogen runs off fields in Corn Belt states, it makes its way to the Mississippi River and eventually pours into the Gulf, where it contributes to a growing “dead zone” — a 7,900-square-mile patch so depleted of oxygen that fish, crabs and shrimp suffocate.

Hmmm. Let us consider. What ultimately will prove more harmful for the Gulf ecosystem: Drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico, the environmental impacts of which are minimal, OR, pushing “alternative” fuels which result in the dumping of tons of poisonous waste into the Gulf?

I wonder if anyone factored in the carbon emission from all those extra tractors, harvesters, semi-trucks and other machines required to farm all this extra land?  I wonder how that compares to the emissions required to process oil from an off-shore oil rig pumped right into tanks via pipeline?

  1. There you go, thinking again.

    When you accept the assumption that the environmentalist movement is really a telemarketing operation, using emotionally loaded images to generate cash flow, then all this greasy logic and tinsel makes sense.

    Maybe its time you got on the bandwagon.

  2. Hoodlumman says:

    I read where global food prices are going up at a higher pace than ever before. Demand is increasing “literally pricing the poor out of food” – something quoted close to that.

    One of the culprits? Biofuels!!

    Prevent global warming: Starve the poor.

  3. joe-6-pack says:

    It’s worse than you realize. German farmers are now turning away from raising barley (needed for beer) in order to raise the taxpayer-subsidized corn that will be burned to satisfy this eco-fad.

    It just gets worser and worser.

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