Bill Clinton pisses off Al Gore, says “Too much ethanol could lead to food riots”

by editor on February 28, 2011

Al Gore loves ethanol. In fact, on the Al Gore Love-O-Meter, ethanol ranks just ahead of pork ribs and happy ending massages. And while Bill Clinton is equally fond of both guilty pleasures, he has finally figured out that diverting corn to ethanol reduces the amount of corn available for food and drives up prices.

So we’re pretty confident that Gore is not happy with Clinton’s comments. Not happy at all.

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Al Gore tries to get a little chunk of corn-fed pork rib from between his front teeth

The Associated Press has details of Clinton’s corny comments:

Former President Bill Clinton is warning farmers not to use so much corn for ethanol fuel that it raises food prices and causes riots in other countries.

Clinton told farmers and Agriculture Department employees that he believes producing biofuels such as corn-based ethanol is important for reducing U.S. dependence on foreign oil. But he says farmers also should look beyond domestic production and consider the needs of developing countries.

Clinton spoke Thursday at the department’s annual Agricultural Outlook Forum. His foundation has worked to develop agribusiness in African countries such as Malawi and Rwanda.

Al Gore just called to correct this story. He said he likes pork ribs much more than ethanol.

Source: Associated Press

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Pittsburgh Z February 28, 2011 at 5:04 am

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WTF! We all know that the ethanol mandate is a scam.

Why the hell does it take Bill Clinton to tell us all that we should not convert our food into fuel? Our government is incapable of common sense.

andre February 28, 2011 at 5:50 am

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Hey Bill – what happened? Corn-dog prices went up?

KimmyQueen February 28, 2011 at 6:16 pm

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Very, very likely.

danybhoy February 28, 2011 at 6:11 am

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I would like to know if Al Whore is invested in ethanol. My guess is he is invested.

toocoldinwa February 28, 2011 at 7:55 am

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At one time I read he was a stakeholder in Pacific Ethanol or some similar name (the same one Bill Gates was invested in.) I hope he lost his shirt when the bottom fell out in ’08.

hisham February 28, 2011 at 7:02 am

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“…he has finally figured out that diverting corn to ethanol reduces the amount of corn available for food and drives up prices.”

I always thought that was the general idea.

Dave February 28, 2011 at 12:01 pm

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That was his plan. Saw him on one of the Sunday morning shows about 6 months ago talking about discouraging social behaviors by taxing the hell out of them. Typical lefty

danybhoy February 28, 2011 at 7:56 pm

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Go into a grocery store & have a look around the departments. It’s not just the price of corn in the produce department. It will also be in the meat department with the price of beef & chicken. They eat corn feed. Then go to the dairy department. Milk, cheese, & eggs all come from those animals that eat corn feed. But tell me why corn based ethanol is a good idea again?

whiskeyriver February 28, 2011 at 1:53 pm

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This is part of the reason so many Mexican citizens are running for our border. Their farmers are selling the corn they grow to U.S. ethanol manufacturers and the price of corn products has gone throught the roof in Mexico.

In that one respect alone I can sympathize with the illegals. Any man will do what ever it takes to feed his family, even if it means breaking the law and entering our country illegaly to find a better job.

Navyvet February 28, 2011 at 2:12 pm

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Headline: “Bill Clinton Pulls Head Out Of Ass: at least for a brief period”

DeanH February 28, 2011 at 7:05 pm

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“News at ten, by which time he will have reinserted it.”

KimmyQueen February 28, 2011 at 6:34 pm

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Something not really related that much to the story but last night I saw a video on TMZ (don’t ask) and it was Monica Lewinsky eating at Mr. Chows in L.A. They made a comment that her life seems to have stunted. She is still a bit chubby, she has the same hair, she has not married, she doesnt have children. It is so sad and pathetic. Why is she out and about now? Perhaps she wants to do something, but I just find it interesting how her little tryst with Mr. Gross didn’t really seem to yield anything positive long term.

Merlin Gagle February 28, 2011 at 10:07 pm

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Where are all the brains in the US? In Brazil they use sugar cane to make ethanol . There is a sugar cane type plant that grows all over the US that makes sorghum syrup- (Sweet sorghum is any of the many varieties of sorghum which have a high sugar content. Sweet sorghum will thrive under drier and warmer conditions than many other crops and is grown primarily for forage, silage, and syrup production). This plant grows even where it snows- like in Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky! So why not grow this all over the US and convert it into ethanol? Duh!! This way all those mountain farms and unused fields can be making something useful that won’t cause food shortages and starvation!

BTW it is the greedy leeches called Commodity Speculators that cause high food AND oil/gas prices!! Commodity speculation needs banned and outlawed.

Lanny March 1, 2011 at 12:10 am

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I could have done without the picture of Gore doing his “taking a dump” face.

Merlin Gagle March 1, 2011 at 3:40 am

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Yeah. Me too. Al Whore taking a dump is right! He probably has a lot of stocks in corn ethanol plants!

Merlin Gagle March 1, 2011 at 3:41 am

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Yeah. Me too. Al Whore taking a dump is right! He probably has a lot of stocks in corn ethanol plants!

anon 2 March 1, 2011 at 3:12 pm

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reply to Merlin Gagle-above [2-28-11 at 10:07pm];
- the ”plant” you discuss can grow north of the mason-dixon line, i’d agree – if it can grow on waste ground where little else will grow – even better. i’d like more info about it. if you grew it on waste land – harvesting it may be a problem. if you grew it on land that was easy to harvest – why wouldn’t you grow something else? i’m in a northern state and most land here that is tillable / harvestable, is already being cropped. the exception here would land, that has been enrolled in “soil bank’ programs – that would be a great option – if the gov,. would allow it.

Merlin Gagle March 2, 2011 at 9:26 am

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Anon 2, I suggest you talk to a local county extension agent or university ag department. Also do research online. I think there is a tremendous opportunity here for someone. If this pant can grow in the snowy cold hills of South VA and Kentucky, it might grow pretty far North. I suspect it might even make better ethanol that sugar cane due to it’s very high sugar content. If there were a market I am sure thousands of small farmers and land owners would grow this plant, harvest it and take it to buyers, much like they do tobacco.