Ted Rall by Ted Rall

Ted Rall

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  1. jrmerm

    jrmerm said, almost 4 years ago

    The third panel is oh so true, and in several different ways. Not sure what the message in fourth panel is tho.

  2. eepatt

    eepatt said, almost 4 years ago

    Where did you hear this?I really doubt it just because you said it, and you are seldom, if ever, right about anything.

  3. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, almost 4 years ago

    And the funny thing is hemp has so many uses, not the least of which is paper.


    greedy industrialists + corrupt greedy politicians = stupid insane laws to maximize profit for the few

  4. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, almost 4 years ago

    Well, this was just too easy to find. Maybe you should look around a little on the net before you express your opinion. You can’t always believe what your buddies say while you are sharing a bong scarfing down fritos (made from masa … look it up)

    A quote from an article on Corn Ethanol on Wikipedia:

    “The use of ethanol for fuel has had a damaging impact on food markets, especially in poorer countries. In the United States, ethanol is mostly made from yellow corn, and as the market boomed for alternative fuel, yellow corn went up in price. Many farmers saw the potential to make more money, and switched from white corn to yellow corn. White corn is the main ingredient of tortillas in Mexico, and as the supply dropped, the price doubled, making the base of most Mexican foods unaffordable.19 Many people[who?] see this as unacceptable, and want no overlap between food crops and fuel crops.2021 Others[who?] point out that the earth is thought to be able to support double the current human population, and press that the resources available, such as unused farmable land, should be better handled.”

    But shoot maybe I’m wrong.

  5. Jase99

    Jase99 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    The only long term benefit I see to using ethanol is the rising price of corn encourages industrial food manufacturers to use less and less high fructose corn syrup. We need to get serious about developing alternative fuel sources. Gas isn’t getting any cheaper and we need it to farm. Our entire way of life will break down hard if gas becomes too expensive for the average person to afford.

  6. Fourcrows

    Fourcrows said, almost 4 years ago


    Ima’s not actually wrong, as they are two different types of corn. But I think he is missing the point that farmers are destroying their food crops in order to grow fuel crops, which guarantee a payment because they are not depending on local markets. Another side effect is the possible extinction of the cactus which produces the nectar used in tequila. Since it takes up to seven years for a cactus to grow to the point it can be harvested, many of the property owners where it grows (a very limited area) are destroying the cacti to pland fuel corn.

    One solution, which could help places like Detroit, would be to start indoor farming for biofuel. Convert some of those abandoned factories into indoor farms and you have a constant source that doesn’t impact anything else. Since nobody will be eating it, the growers are free to genetically engineer all they want to produce a plant woth the highest ethanol yield.
    But of course, like everything else its easier to just export the job to Mexico and let them figure it out.

  7. JoeCoolLives

    JoeCoolLives said, almost 4 years ago

    This seems to be nonsense….

  8. bikerusl

    bikerusl said, almost 4 years ago

    Climate Change deniers. Corn apologists. Nuclear power apologists…. What is the point of all the red herrings? We all get screwed by this BS destruction of the air water land food we need to survive. Splitting hairs about illelevent stuff. Even if your BS Red Herring argument were true Ted Rall’s comic is still on point. We can’t drive at the expense of the food supply – and that is the law.

    We need to stop driving cars in cities. Period. Cars are a manufactured need. Capitalism would be a good idea if it were successful at fulfilling people’s needs. But what actually happens is social animals are fed disinformation to make them want and buy things they don’t need and that gets funded because it is easier than real work – Capital maintains itself. That is the only logic of capitalism. And tool’s like Mr. Ima do the legwork of disinformation.

  9. Ted Rall

    Ted Rall GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    @jrmerm It’s a general commentary on capitalism. The fact is, without a political class that considers the problems that are caused by things like these new laws about biofuels, the only thing the people who are being affected can do is to strike back in some kind of violent or aggressive manner.

  10. Ted Rall

    Ted Rall GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    This is not something that anyone should be arguing about. It is a well-established fact, documented by serious journalists and scientists from across the ideological spectrum and widely reported in lots of mainstream news outlets, including some conservative ones.

    I really wish we could all agree on the facts so that we could then have a serious discussion about what if anything should be done about the problems.

  11. Ted Rall

    Ted Rall GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    @bikerusl I enjoy driving. I love driving. But I will walk rather than let people starve because I drive.

  12. ARodney

    ARodney said, almost 4 years ago

    Ima won’t agree with the facts, because as Colbert has pointed out, the facts have a well-established liberal bias. He can’t believe what he believes, and also believe in facts. So the facts go out the window. (And laying the ethanol subsidies at Obama’s feet is quite rich. These are Bush-era laws, and as long as the GOP can block passage of a new farm bill, they’ll continue.)

  13. Jib76

    Jib76 said, almost 4 years ago

    Mr. Rall will be happy to learn that US chemical giant Celanese has developed a process it calls TCX to convert biomass – not just food, animal waste, raw sewerage, solid waste, and industrial waste gases like carbon monoxide; into ethanol using a 1920’s era German process called Fischer-tropsch. TCX makes ethanol for the same cost as refining gasoline from crude oil. British Airways is building a 16 million gallon per year biofuel plant in East London that uses solid waste as its starting point for making biofuel for its jets. Ba will then have a zero carbon foot print.

  14. Jib76

    Jib76 said, almost 4 years ago

    Good news! Ethanol and other biofuels can be made from non-food biomass, human waste, animal waste, solid waste, and industrial waste gases like carbon monoxide for the same cost as refining gasoline from crude oil using the Celanese Corporation’s TCX process that is based on the 1920’s Fischer-Tropsch process invented by the Germans to convert coal into gasoline/petrol.

  15. MiepR

    MiepR said, almost 4 years ago

    First rate, Ted.

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