‘Hys­te­ria’

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“Global warm­ing hys­te­ria — a boon for the ethanol and other bio­fuel en­ter­prises — has boosted de­mand for crop-based fu­els world­wide. [. . .]

“The cost of food has jumped over 10 per­cent in In­dia over the past year, and 6 per­cent in China, ac­cord­ing to the Wall Street Jour­nal. This is partly due to the di­ver­sion of corn to bio­fu­els. [. . .]

“Mean­while, Euro­pean de­mand for bio­fu­els to re­place gaso­line is fu­el­ing plans for mas­sive clear­ing of rain forests for palm-oil plan­ta­tions in In­done­sia and Malaysia. [. . .]

“As long as global warm­ing is hyped as the world’s most im­por­tant en­vi­ron­men­tal prob­lem [. . .] it will be vir­tu­ally im­pos­si­ble to ra­tio­nally eval­u­ate other op­tions in deal­ing with cli­mate change, or con­front the un­in­tended con­se­quences un­leashed by global warm­ing hys­te­ria.”

In­dur M. Gok­lany, writ­ing on “Un­in­tended Con­se­quences,” in the April 23 in the In­ter­na­tional Her­ald Tri­bune

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