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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Green Technology to the Rescue!

I love National Geographic. It's about the perfect magazine for me; I love foreign countries and cultures, I love politics, I love photography, and it's all in there (even if the politics are usually lefty).

This month's issue (November, 2008) has an article on disappearing rainforests in Borneo. There is a global boom in demand for palm oil. It is used for cooking, but the boom is for use as biodiesel. From the article, "The profitability of palm oil has sent the crop sprawling across some eight million acres of Borneo -- an area roughly the size of Switzerland." The loss of native forests means the destruction of plant and animal species' habitats.

So basically, American lefties promote inefficient biodiesel, which causes a spike in the demand for palm oil, which increases incentives to cut down ancient rainforests and kill off native plants and animals. Sounds about right. Considering that lefties don't care when their policies cause a spike in worldwide corn prices, which causes mass starvation in Africa, why should they care about a Switzerland-sized hole in the rainforest? Isn't it more important to "do something" than to make sure the "something" makes some sort of sense?