Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Pondering Libya.

The figure from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations should tell us something of why certain poor countries are in an uproar. While I am generally supportive of humanitarian missions, I missed the part of the president's speech that discussed this issue.

6 comments:

Max Coutinho said...

Hey Looney,

I believe President Obama did mention the humanitarian reasons why the Allies attacked Libya.
However, I must agree with you that he did not mention food prices and other social issues that afflict the Libyan people (and the people, in general, in poor countries).

Looking at that graphic gave me the chills, specially when we start thinking of the high unemployment rates, low salaries (for those who work) and absolutely no social benefits *nodding*.

Great post!

Cheers

Looney said...

The day after the Libya speech, Obama gave a speech on energy independence. This was about energy independence, with a big part being increasing use of biofuels via mandates. My interpretation of this is a continued push to turn an increasing fraction of the world's food supply into oil to run cars. Sigh.

Hope you have a good week over there!

thekingpin68 said...

Let us see how long this one drags on...

Another war with a lot of rules and limitations.

Max Coutinho said...

Looney,

"This was about energy independence, with a big part being increasing use of biofuels via mandates. My interpretation of this is a continued push to turn an increasing fraction of the world's food supply into oil to run cars. Sigh"

Let me see if I got it right: Europe and the US increase production (and thus use) of biofuel in order to seek independence from authoritarian nations that produce the black gold and hence be at liberty to change the way they do politics (read: influence politics) in those countries. Is that it?
This sounds interesting in theory; however, the problem would persist: the rise in food prices would continue; which could foster more civil unrest throughout the world (not only in poor countries; because even here in Portugal people have started to protest [for the first time in the Portuguese history more than 200,000 people gathered downtown of Lisbon to protest against the Government and the food, fuel and other products, prices]).
However, we have algae fuel...biofuel that does not imply the use of agricultural soil to be produced/grown....what do you think?

"Hope you have a good week over there!"

Thanks, man! It is hot, so yeah...we are having a great week :D!
How's Cali?

Looney said...

Max,

Wow! I didn't know things were getting so crazy over there too.

Algae sounds promising, but beyond that I don't know anything about its economics.

Max Coutinho said...

Looney,

Yes...things are getting crazy here as well *nodding*.

"Algae sounds promising, but beyond that I don't know anything about its economics."

You are right.

Have a great weekend, man :D!

Cheers