Thursday, June 26, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
"A bushel of corn cost about $2.25 in 2006 and today that same bushel cost $7.26. The production of ethanol for fuel from corn has been a primary reason for this dramatic increase in corn cost. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 created the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) that mandated the use of 4 billion gallons of ethanol in 2006 increasing to 7.5 billion gallons in 2012. The RFS was modified in 2007 increasing the use of ethanol to 9 billion gallons in 2008. Approximately 34% of this year’s corn crop will be used for ethanol production.
We all recognize the need for a National Energy Policy that frees the US from our dependence on imported oil. Wind energy, solar, nuclear and drilling in our own untapped oil reserves are all alternatives we must explore. Ethanol from corn is not a part of the solution. It is subsidized by the government at $0.51 per gallon to the benefit of the producers. It is mandated to be used regardless of price by the RFS. It is protected from competition by a $0.56 per gallon tariff on imported ethanol. It is a major contributor to the 9% food inflation we now are suffering. It threatens our success both individually and as a company."
I am asking all of you fellow bloggers to take action to let our government know how you feel about the cost of food going up. It is bad enough that fuel is up to $4.50/gallon here in California, we need to try to keep food prices down. What will we do when chicken is $7/lb?!? It looks like without a change that may be coming sooner than we think.
Here is the web page to take action www.nationalchickencouncil.org. On the right-hand side you will see a logo for "Food Before Fuel; Ethanol Fueling Crisis". Please join us in the fight to keep our food affordable.
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
We ate lunch in Monterey before going to check-in at our hotel. The very first thing I did when we got there was use the bathroom. It was very small, as you can see, and the pocket door didn't close all the way, so I locked the door to keep it closed. The unfortunate thing is you cannot unlock it once it is locked. So I called Robert over for some assistance, no luck. He had to go down the hall and ask the cleaning lady, who spoke no English if she could help. (I would just like to thank our Heavenly Father for sending Robert to Brazil on his mission. He still speaks fluent Portuguese and can communicate in Spanish quite well.) So after some work she busted the door open. Lesson learned, the door was not locked again!
The Lone Cypress Tree.
One of the many beautiful golf courses.
The young buck that jumped in front of our car.
One of the many reasons we love the beach.
A cool little BMW we saw walking in downtown on Monday.
Lunch at a yummy little resturant before we said farwell to the city by the sea.