ARC's 1st Law: As a "progressive" online discussion grows longer, the probability of a nefarious reference to Karl Rove approaches one

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Global Warming a la Elizabeth Edwards... sigh

And from Ben Smith's blog at Politico we are treated to the following:

"The politics of global warming got very concrete, and oddly difficult, in a meeting with local environmentalists in the coastal town of McClellanville today, where Elizabeth Edwards raised in passing the importance of relying on locally-grown fruit.

"We've been moving back to 'buy local,'" Mrs. Edwards said, outlining a trade policy that "acknowledges the carbon footprint" of transporting fruit.

"I live in North Carolina. I'll probably never eat a tangerine again," she said, speaking of a time when the fruit is reaches the price that it "needs" to be.

Edwards had talked about "sacrifice," at the meeting, but Elizabeth's suggestion illustrated just how difficult it is to sell the specifics of sacrifice.

Asked about her comment immediately after the event, John Edwards avoided the question twice, then said he isn't sure.

"Would I add to the price of food?" he asked. "I'd have to think about that."

UPDATE: Just to be clear, he's not talking about a food tax. The basic point is that any plan that imposes new costs on carbon emissions is going to make anything that's transported long distances with fossil fuels cost more. It is, in a way, a moment of clarity in this debate."

Does the public begin to see where this is heading? I sure hope so. Things are about to get really expensive around these parts.

Speaking of expensive, with so much of the corn crop now committed to producing ethanol, we are now seeing the ripple effect of that bit of lunacy. Can you say $4/gallon milk? Yep, cows eat corn, imagine that. So Elsie is now competing with Exxon for corn. Wonder who will win that bidding war.

On the subject of ethanol, we are now replacing CO2 with water vapor due to burning ethanol. From what I understand, water vapor makes a primo greenhouse gas. Has anyone thought this through? Sorry, silly question.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: MontereyJohn