When I was young we lived on a small family farm at Wheatvale on the Darling Downs in Queensland.

We lived close to the self-sufficient sustainable life style that today’s green zealots babble about – we produced much of what we needed and needed much of what we produced. But life was no picnic.

Our farm supported our family of four, plus one or two farm-hands (young trustees from Palen Creek Prison Farm), 30 dairy cows, eight draught horses, two stock horses, two ponies, plus a few pigs and chooks. The farm grew native pasture, wheat, oats, sorghum, corn and made hay. Most of what we harvested was used to feed horses, cows, pigs and chooks.

Draught horses are huge eaters – they were big Clydesdales, tall and heavy, and need large quantities of fodder whether they are working or not. They are not ruminants like cattle and thus extract less energy from their fodder and need to process more of it. After everyone on the farm was fed, there was little surplus for others. We sold small quantities of milk and occasionally some grain, pigs and calves.

Green energy powered most activities on the farm. Dad and Mum milked the cows by hand and we all picked corn by hand or wielded pitch-forks to stack hay. Our horses pulled two ploughs, two cultivators, a set of harrows, planter, harvester, mower, hay-rake, wagon, dray and slide; kids walked to school or rode ponies or bicycles. We had an old reaper/binder in the shed and there were still some sulkies being used.

There were even some huge wood-burning steam-powered traction engines that drove stationary threshers used to separate grain from chaff.

Our emissions from hydro-carbon fuels were very low. We used a bit of kerosene in lamps for the house and lanterns for the dairy, and a few gallons of petrol in the old farm ute we drove to town every fortnight to buy groceries, boots, work clothes and unmentionables.

Milk from all farms was taken to the butter/cheese factory in cans on a milk truck. Nothing was wasted – the milk-man brought whey from cheese-making back to the farm and we fed the pigs on it. We used no coal-powered electricity, no phones and had no diesel or petrol-driven machinery such as tractors, trucks, generators, pumps, chain saws or quad bikes.

But we had lots of breathing, belching, farting farm animals eating carbon-bearing crops and emitting large quantities of the “greenhouse gases”, carbon dioxide and methane. However, the climate was much the same as now.

We still endured destructive weather events – droughts and floods, crop-killing frosts, destructive hail storms and desiccating heat waves. We hated winter as little vegetation grew leaving the cows hungry and producing less milk.

Most people lived and worked on farms, labour was abundant and cheap, food was expensive, and towns were much smaller. Our life was one of continual repetitive manual labour which produced minimal surplus for landless labourers who sometimes struggled to afford food.

This all changed after WW2, when we first felt the effects of the revolution in food production triggered by two brilliant Americans: Henry Ford, who flooded the world with cheap cars, trucks, utilities and Fordson tractors; and John D Rockefeller, whose Standard Oil flooded the world with cheap kerosene, petrol and lubricants for all those engines.

As a result, most of the horses and farm labourers were gradually made redundant by machines and they quietly disappeared from the farms.

Tractors use far less energy than horses – they do not have to be fed unless they are working. Even when working they used kerosene not grain and hay. Moreover, the tireless tractors could work day and night with bigger machinery, allowing more land to be cultivated when the weather was just right. Thus the coming of tractors allowed farms to produce and sell far more food to town dwellers. Farm exports grew and the relative price of food began a long decline; cities were fed better and urban populations grew.

Today, our farms produce even more cereals, dairy products, meats and fibres, but now power-seeking politicians are proposing that more farm produce must be consumed as ethanol by the hungry iron horses of today – millions of cars, trucks, tractors, bikes and stationary engines.

As recently as the year 2000, 90% of the huge US corn crop went into food for people and livestock; in 2013, 40% of an even bigger crop was consumed making biofuel. In many countries, the ethanol and biofuel madness has seen forests, food plantations and grasslands cleared and cultivated to make space for sterile monocultures of ethanol crops.

Corn Ethanol Destroying the Prairies:

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/12/16/corn-ethanol.aspx?e_cid=20141216Z3_DNL_art_2&utm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art2&utm_campaign=20141216Z3&et_cid=DM64390&et_rid=764507077

Farmers will use diesel fuel to cultivate, plant, irrigate, harvest and transport the ethanol crops, then distilleries use grid power to process and distil it, then oil companies use more diesel to collect, mix and distribute it – as a result the whole ethanol process probably saves NOTHING in energy or emissions.

It is amazing that even here in food-producing Queensland, the party of the workers is contemplating increasing the cost of putting food on the tables of the workers. This will occur if they cave to minority pressure to mandate a greater percentage of ethanol in motor fuels  

This would ensure that more farm output will be converted to ethanol and burnt in cars, bikes, SUV’s, yachts and limos, and maybe even for the “going-green” US Navy when it visits.

An ethanol mandate pits plant farmers against animal farmers and consumers. It will ensure that every feedlot, piggery, chicken house and family farm will see a reduced supply of animal feed because some has been diverted to motor fuel. In rich countries, the “Ethanol Tax” will be paid at the breakfast table where the prices of cereals, milk, cream, sugar, syrup, treacle, molasses, bacon, eggs and steak will be higher than they would have been without ethanol distilleries. Poor countries will see the return of periodic famines and food riots when destitute people cannot afford to buy the more expensive imported food.

This ethanol madness threatens to take us back towards those hungry years before the kerosene-powered tractors arrived. But now they want the farms to feed not just their own horses, but also those pulling cars, buses, SUV’s, trucks, even battleships, for other people.

The ethanol mandate is the problem – the need for a mandate shows there is no real demand for it. It is a vote-catching exercise pandering to a few vocal politicians and a few vocal farmers. People who wish to use ethanol-laced fuels on climate, economic or religious grounds should be free to do so, but at their own cost.

There is no moral, scientific or economic justification for the law to enforce such foolishness.

The world is turning against biofuels:   http://www.cfact.org/2014/06/02/a-world-turning-against-biofuels/

See also: The Biofuel Curse:   http://canadafreepress.com/print-friendly/64405

The hungry horses are coming back, but now they live in upper-class stables in the cities.

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mots
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mots

Wonderful work Viv. Salt of the earth, that’s what you and your family bring to mind. Turn the tap on and out comes the magic water. We are surrounded by takers. MMGW is such a scam. I don’t wish ill on anyone but they do deserve problems with their lying loot. Great story, glad it’s here. Best wishes.

Jack38
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Jack38

Kevin Rudd would possibly be his deputy.

Meniscus
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Meniscus

There’s a great article on this site about how we apparently need a ‘World Climate Change Court’: themarcusreview.com (about the fourth article down).

Bargeass
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Bargeass

Viv interesting what you say. I attended an informal session with Manildra who are said to be the largest Ethanol producer in Australia and they informed me that their ethanol was made from the bi products or waste of their grain? They say that their food crops do not get used for the production of ethanol instead the waste and bi products which they used to dump or pay money to have disposed of are now used for ethanol production, if this is the case how does it fit with your view?

joylene
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joylene

Yep the climate has definitely changed. It was 5 degrees when I got up this morning and it is now 20 degrees.

Alessandro
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Alessandro

I don’t know if this old Terminology is still used today but – wouldn’t Tim be FLANNELLING about this supposed Climate Change and Making it a LOT OF LOOSE “CHANGE $$$$$$$$” out of it !

Hunter02
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Hunter02

Former Australian of the Year/ Super WANK, Professor Tim Flannery, will speak to more than 400 people at a sold-out SunEdison-sponsored event at Castlemaine Town Hall in Victoria this Saturday night.

An Evening With Tim Flannery, hosted by the Hub Foundation, will see the Chief Councillor of the Climate Council speak on the topic of transitioning Australia towards a decarbonised economy, provide an update on the latest climate science and the current impacts of climate change in Australia. WILL you attend along with other brain dead followers ?

Turbine
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Turbine

Read part of the Kangaroo court article Rin, what a self absorbed prat turncoat is.

twentytwenty
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twentytwenty

http://www.hybridcars.com/e85-impacts-environment-33-percent-more-gasoline-42892/

Study: E85 Hurts Environment Up To 33 Percent Worse Than Conventional Gasoline

Blissbomb
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Blissbomb

I stand corrected. Good thing I drive one of those turbo diesel Volkswagens.

NoosaDuck
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NoosaDuck

Well, it only happens so some greedy bastard can make a quid….and when we have enough oil in the ground to keep the planet going for at least another 1000 years….

johnno
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johnno

I am certain that it would have been far more long winded than that.

ThePragmatist
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ThePragmatist

I read somewhere that in Africa Chinese grow crops and export them back to China whilst locals living next door starve. This could happen here in this country.

BlackRoo
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BlackRoo

Tell me, do Muslims top up with Ethanol? It wouldn’t be Halal surely!

Matt12
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Matt12

Good analogy.

Dynamite
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Dynamite

And why would they ( horses in upper class stables) care? They haven’t shown any sign of it yet.

Daveinoz
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Daveinoz

See my posts under BB …

The fact it was around long before makes it even worse …

stringybark
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stringybark

I grew up in the 1950’s and I remember all those beautiful draught horses being sold at the market for dog food. Only went for a few pounds but my mother wouldn’t let me bring one home.

Daveinoz
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Daveinoz

Apology accepted …

Daveinoz
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Daveinoz

LNP motion for ethanol mandate in Queensland set for a win …
http://www.redlandcitybulletin.com.au/…/lnp-motion-for-ethanol-mandate-in-que...
May 6, 2015 – On the back of losing its bid to change parliamentary rules to ‘nullify’ Billy Gordon’s vote, the LNP is cusped to chalk up a win.

Daveinoz
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Daveinoz

LABOR hijacked the LNP’s ethanol mandate debate in another vote showing it holds power in Queensland Parliament.

The LNP was seeking support for an ethanol mandate for fuel and to form an implementation board for consultation, to determine preferred ethanol content in fuel and determine timeframes for introducing mandated ethanol levels

Daveinoz
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Daveinoz

Queensland election 2015: LNP may sacrifice Tim Nicholls for …
Courier Mail-2 Feb 2015
Queensland election 2015: LNP may sacrifice Tim Nicholls for minority … but an anti-asset sale stance and a mandate of 10 per cent ethanol …

Daveinoz
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Daveinoz

Ethanol mandate on fuel wins bipartisan support in Queensland …
ABC Online-6 May 2015
Queensland MPs have voted in support of an ethanol mandate on fuel, saying … Labor supported the idea, but moved amendments to the LNP …

Daveinoz
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Daveinoz

Peter Wellington votes with Labor on ethanol
Brisbane Times-6 May 2015
Mr Wellington’s vote was needed when the LNP, with the Katter Party, … Its newest motion, to see an ethanol mandate in Queensland fuel, …

Daveinoz
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Daveinoz

Blissbomb the LNP supported that

Daveinoz
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Daveinoz

Thank Abbott … sucking to the bloody sugar cane farmers

And today … still …. the bloody Qld LNP want to FORCE ethanol on us

2bits
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2bits

IN BALANCE WITH NATURE In the beginning There was Earth, Beautiful and wild; And then man came to dwell. At first, he lived like other animals And this was called IN BALANCE WITH NATURE. Soon man multiplied. He grew tired of ceaseless hunting for food; He built homes and villages. Wild plants and animals were domesticated. Some men became Farmers so that others might become Industrialists, Artists or Doctors, And this was called Society. Man and Society progressed. With his God-given ingenuity, man learned to feed, clothe, protect and transport himself more efficiently so he might enjoy Life. He built… Read more »

pilgrim
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pilgrim

What is it that these so called experts can’t see the errors of their crazy ideology? What is the return to them that enforces these crazy ideas on to the general population? There’s got to be a $ return to someone for this garbage to get traction, surely. Who benefits?

GlemSnotbrook
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GlemSnotbrook

Excellent article Viv. I drive a 20 year old Ford and it runs well because it only drinks (burns) 98. After one test run years ago with E-something or other and thinking the engine must have retired at least 2 or 3 cylinders, I spoke with a fleet owner who said that he actually saved money by having his drivers fill up on 98; better economy, cleaner, more reliable and longer engine life. That must mean something in relation to “carbon” emissions. If the dickheads spent their energy and funds (our money) on cleaning the crap out of our waterways… Read more »

RonXYZ
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RonXYZ

that’s why i only own Diesel Vehicles mainly utes

Blissbomb
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Blissbomb

Gentleman, BS. Ethanol use in Queensland is being championed by Bob Katter, his son Robbie and the CFMEUs Hippo. She is trying to entice the US Navy to set up in Queensland and fill up their ships with bio-fuel.

auntchristine
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auntchristine

If the greenies hadn’t forced the closure of the Yorkshire treacle mines, we could be producing ethanol from the fossilised high-sucrose algae from which the treacle was derived, leaving the land surface for growing food.

vecchio
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vecchio

My 2007 new Mitsubishi Lancer ran like a hairy goat on E10. One tank full was enough.

MagillaGorilla
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MagillaGorilla

I wish the Greens party voters would read this .

Whacked2
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Whacked2

Bio fuels will be a thing of the past shortly – a fad that will be replaced together with oil for internal combustion engines. Technology is catching up quickly (fuel from water – hydrogen process from Germany then electric cars) – then we will be concerned more about the oil for the salad. Maybe then the excess corn and maize will feed the hungry . . one day.

Daveinoz
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Daveinoz

Phantom … 10 years ago when I was driving across the US I listened to a biofuel discussion on the radio … it was very well understood then the it was cobblers pegs .. no CO2 saved .. more energy to produce it than saved … blah blah blah

And still .. even recently the bloody QLD LNP want to FORCE ethanol on us

Daveinoz
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Daveinoz

I agree BB … and don’t forget the whole biofuel madness

In Borneo (and Indonesia ??) .. forests being cleared .. and the Orangutans habitat loss

And the Greens SAY NOTHING !

Daveinoz
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Daveinoz

Pity sugar is not a black fossil … that’d shut it down fast enough

Daveinoz
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Daveinoz

BB .. jungles are being cleared for palm oil plants in Sth America

And .. native peoples are displaced … need I mention the wildlife lost

Need I mention the biodiversity loss … or the potential drugs and viral research lost

BB … it’s a socialist wank ..

And our bloody sugar farmers should lose Govt support

Daveinoz
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Daveinoz

Viv … excellent article … pleased you’ve drawn attention to this issue

I would only add … let’s not forget that these bloody sugar farmers are supported by the taxpayers … in otherwords … it’s a social crop

Just for votes …. we pay … and the world environment pays

franK
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franK

Ethanol only belongs in a short tumbler with a couple of ice cubes.

Not in machinery.

sibcat
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sibcat

Hit the nail, fair & square on the head, as usual. Thanks Viv