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Of Speculative Bubbles, the Crisis in Finance, Corn & Ethanol

A two decade-long period of unbridled money supply growth and use of leverage is now coming to a painful, and what’s likely to be protracted, end, bringing with it prices of just about every type of financial or physical asset in existence, including key agricultural commodities such as corn. That’s likely to change the face of the US ethanol industry, or at least possibly provide even more impetus to develp second generation biofuels.

EPA Gag Order: Put a Sock in It

The Environmental Protection Agency, in an email sent last month, has ordered their employees not to “respond to questions or make any statements” – from anyone. Including congressional investigators, reporters, or even the EPA Office of Inspector General. Whatever is going on in the EPA, it’s none of our damn business (not even the EPA’s oversight office). The emailed gag order…

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Time for a New Green Deal

The New Economics Foundation invokes the spirit of Franklin D. Roosevelt and his New Deal in urging UK government, and leader worldwide to launch an aggressive campaign to tackle the twin problems of the current financial crisis and environmental degradation, particularly as it relates to growing greenhouse gas emissions, climate change, and energy and food resources development and management.