Hey StarNews, ever heard of Ethanol?
The StarNews, on the heels of running a horribly biased story on an anti-Titan economic study without telling the audience that it was an anti-Titan group that did the study, now has a story about massive new grain imports coming through the state port. The problem is, they made the story fit their bias on climate rather than including anything relevant to grain issues other than climate.
“. . . due to drought conditions here in the (Midwestern) states, customers have been importing more grain to the region, primarily to support local livestock needs.” said CSX Communications Director Carla Groleau.
Hmm. . . but there’s more!
Jay Boyette, commodity director for the N.C. Farm Bureau, said, “The single biggest thing you can point to is the severe drought this past summer in the corn-growing regions in the Midwest states. This is an event that is specific to this year’s crop.”
WOW! It’s all about the drought? To be sure, the drought affected grain prices, yields were down, prices went up, but the StarNews completely omitted another key fact that little more than a modicum of common sense would have required.
(Wikipedia) – The U.S. produced 13.9 billion U.S. liquid gallons(52.6 billion liters) of ethanol fuel in 2011, an increase from 13.2 billion U.S. liquid gallons (49.2 billion liters) in 2010, and up from 1.63 billion gallons in 2000.
Or this from the governor’s biofuel coaltion: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday said ethanol production in 2012 should reach 15.2 billion gallons, an increase of about 1.25 billion gallons from this year.
To think that ANY increase in grain imports wasn’t affected at least by the fuel that probably runs through every reporter and editor’s car is just irresponsible reporting. We should expect better!
The U.S. produced 13.9 billion U.S. liquid gallons(52.6 billion liters) of ethanol fuel in 2011, an increase from 13.2 billion U.S. liquid gallons (49.2 billion liters) in 2010, and up from 1.63 billion gallons in 2000Read full article » No Comments »