Thursday, June 14, 2007

Feeding SUVs


"Filling up an SUV represents the caloric equivalent of one person's food intake for an entire year," says Helmut Burkhardt, Professor of Physics Emeritus at Ryerson University.
You can read his statistical breakdown of how this works here.
Dr. Burkhardt was responding to Tuesday's On The Map segment on ethanol and bio-fuels :
"American farmers have planted the biggest corn crop in U.S. history. Almost 30% will be used to make fuel, not food. Corn needs three-times the fertilizer of any other crop. And fertilizers are a major source of greenhouse gases.
In both Canada and the U.S., billions of dollars in biofuel subsidies are being doled out mostly to the pockets of agri-business giants."
I think this is where we came in...

4 comments:

West End Bound said...

Good stuff, Alison.

Thanks!

Holly Stick said...

Slightly off topic, though it does have a numbers-cruncher: problems with the environment committee (more of the secret Con Chaos book?). Apparently over the time of having witness Mark Jaccard, who says the government's measures will not meet its emissions goals.

Canadian Press (found the link at FD)

C.D. Howe Institute

Keep up the good work, Alison.

Alison said...

Hi Holly
Was probably hitting "Post" - see above - just about the same time you were.
Must mean I'm finally catching up to your speedshtick ;-)

Holly Stick said...

Great minds, and all that. :D

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