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lildreamer316 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-28-08 03:50 PM
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Here's the new attack meme for Gore.
I was going to ignore it, but it is spreading in the conservative blogsphere like wildfire, so I figured I'd better note it and start gathering the resources to dismantle it, just in case.

The new thing is that Al Gore is responsible for the world food crisis (which, I will note, is itself in question of being just a manufactured/planned {!!} panic by a run on futures) because of his support for ethanol. It pretty much started with a blogger who says he was joking: . .the above is tongue-in-cheek, a mockery of certain lefties overuse of terms like crimes against humanity and their eagerness to resort to international law against people they dislike for political reasons."
His original 'joke'& the addendum:

HE himself puts up the TRUTH at the bottom of the page: "It's also worth noting that Al Gore -- now that he's no longer running for anything -- has in fact distinguished between food-based ethanol and ethanol from more practical sources like waste biomass."

Anyway, of course the right-wing blogs jumped on en-masse; if you do a search you will see gobs of them repeating the idea. Look for Faux News to grab it next.

Here's a good rebuttal blog with links, from *GASP* The American Conservative!!
Hey, I take a well-sourced & fairly truthful article where I can find it, thank you. /

So keep your eyes open and the sources close at hand. This could be part of the gearing up for attack, you never know. I'll be adding to this post as I find info. Feel free to do the same.

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Pastiche423 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-28-08 05:02 PM
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1. That dog won't hunt

A snip -

Commodity investors control more U.S. crops than ever before, competing with governments and consumers for dwindling food supplies. Demand is rising with population and income gains in Asia, while record energy costs boost biofuels consumption, sending grain inventories to the lowest levels in two decades.
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Andrea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-28-08 08:57 PM
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2. I have noticed these articles and postings as well
I think they are an indication that the right wing is picking up on indications that Gore may well be drafted. Either that, or they just like to spread the hate around as much as possible. In any event, I think they are a bunch of nonsense. First, there has been no dramatic change in the world food supply in the last couple weeks. Second, there are non-food plants that can grow in marginal areas that can be used for biofuels, and even algae can be used.

BTW, The American Conservative is not a bad publication. They don't tow a party line and they are rational - something like old-time Republicans. In 2004, the endorsed Kerry.

I appreciate you staying on top of this and building the rebuttal case, Lildreamer. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that we will need your rebuttal this fall when we are all working on Gore's presidential campaign.
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lildreamer316 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-01-08 03:30 PM
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3. The heat on this is really stepping up.
It's beginning to worry me a little.
More later...
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