Friday, December 23, 2005

Stephen Harper And Paul Martin Will Save the Environment

Stephen Harper and Paul Martin are both committed to the reduction of greenhouse gases and global warming. No matter which Party the voters elect, citizens will be subsidizing Ethanol producers. If you don't vote, you'll still be expected to play by the rules. Let the bidding war begin:

From The Global Voice:

The federal Conservatives will unveil a plan to set a national standard requiring all of the country's fuel to contain at least 5 per cent renewable fuels such as ethanol by 2010, so that gas pumped into cars and trucks would include some fuel made from organic products.

The pledge, to be announced tomorrow, would be aimed at cutting Canada's greenhouse-gas emissions by four million tons a year by mixing gasoline with cleaner-burning ethanol, or using more biodiesel, which blends vegetable oils with diesel fuel.
As to be expected, the pledge to control the heavens was officially confirmed:
The Canadian Renewable Fuels Association today commended the Conservative of Canada for its election commitment to implement a "Renewable Fuel Standard" requiring a 5% renewable fuel content on average in Canadian transportation fuel.

[..] Yesterday the Liberal Party of Canada committed to similar 5% renewable fuel standard.
Ontario has already pledged their allegiance, under the leadership of Dalton McGuinty, although the motivation and science behind the whole scheme is questionable.

David Pimentel, a professor at Cornell University in New York:
... for ethanol to be a substitute for gasoline, and fuel all the cars in the United States, 97 percent of U.S. land would have to planted with corn.

The two factions are also neck in neck for farm aid pledges, although the odds are one in a million that Martin would jeopardize the enshrined status of the Canadian Wheat Board. It's "Your Choice" but we know that's not true at all:
Skeptical farmers in this battleground appear to have given Stephen Harper -- and his $500-million promise -- an early edge over Paul Martin after two days of their duelling agricultural platforms.

Just as the Liberal leader did a day earlier, the Conservatives' Harper yesterday unrolled his agricultural platform here, where two hotly contested ridings meet.

The Tory leader matched Martin's $755-million farm-support promise and raised it by another $500 million a year.