Are U.S. Airstrikes In Northern Iraq About Oil?

kurdistan oil
Is it a coincidence US humanitarian airstrikes are hitting an area where US oil companies have huge investments (picture source)

Last week the rent boy President, Barack Hussein Obama authorized American airstrikes against the ISIS (Islamic State) fighters in Iraq. Obama justified his intervention by describing it as a “humanitarian effort.” Taken at face value that seemed true, the air strikes, though probably the wrong approach and one that may reap a terrible harvest for American interests around the world, was intended to save thousands of Yazidi sect members trapped on a mountain by the ISIS forces. The Yazidi are considered heretics by the fanatical Sunni Muslims who form the rebellion.

Obama made one slip, not picked up immediately (mea culpa) by mainstream media or the blogosphere whe he said it was also “an effort to protect our American personnel.”

The one word keyword he managed not to mention was “oil,” but as ever black gold lies near the center of American motives for intervention.

The United States with UK RAF support, is making airdrops of aid to the beleagured Yazidi who have fled before the advance of Islamic State militants, but is also conducting airstrikes around Erbil, which is to the east of the Yazidi area but is the centre of the Kurdistan oilfield.

There are American consular personnel in Erbil, but they could be evacuated if necessary. What Obama left unsaid was that Erbil, a city of 1.5 million, is the capital of the Kurdish oil industry, which accounts for about a quarter of Iraq’s oil. The Kurds claim that if they were to become an independent state, they would have the ninth-largest oil reserves in the world. And oil wells are near Erbil.

If the Islamic State were to take over Erbil, they would endanger Iraq’s oil production and, by extension, global access to oil. Prices would surge at a time when Europe, which buys oil from Iraq, has still not escaped the global recession. On Thursday, American oil companies Chevron and Exxon Mobile began evacuating their personnel from Kurdistan.

In portraying American intervention in Iraq as a purely humanitarian effort, Obama is following the script he read from in Libya, when he justified American intervention as an effort to prevent a massacre in Benghazi. Need I say anything more?

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Suppression Of News Used To Influence Scottish Referendum Vote

Now, in order to avoid being accused of trying to influence the outcome of the Scottish Referendum (because I don’t believe in telling the scots how to run their affairs any more than I approve of telling Arabs, Afghans and Ukrainians how their countries should be run) I offer for your consideration this news leaved via Oil and Gas People
I don’t know if it is true (so igore any lefties who claim that if I report it I must believe it – that only demonstrates the limited intelligence of lefties. Oil and Gas people admit they don’t know if it is true. I remind you however that the duty of a real liberal or a real anarchist is to question everything but be open to all ideas as long as there are no sensible answers. As opposed to those who hide their fascist tendencies by calling themselves ‘liberal’ or ‘progressive’ who believe their duty os to swallow and faithfully regirgitate every scrap of propaganda they are fed by the government machine.

Read for yourselves and make up your own minds.

Speculation is growing in the Oil Industry that there was more to the UK Prime Ministers recent secret visit to Shetland than has been released. The Facebook page of YES Highlands and Islands has released the following article that has gone viral on-line.

You may remember the Prime Minister came to visit Shetland under the tightest secrecy ever seen in Shetland last week and the national press knew nothing about it. Nor the local press.

[ … ]

Now you are all wondering why the PM made a very rushed, and hugely expensive trip to the Shetland Oils, missing his cabinet meeting, and just making it back to Glasgow for the Games.

You’re not?

Well you should be.

[ … ]

Because his haste was nothing to do with wanting to see us. He did make one tiny announcement about energy in which Scots could save £46 per annum but he could have put out a press release from No 10 about that.

[ … ]

The rig did not discover “sweet oil”, the most highly-prized stuff for turning into petroleum spirit, nor was it in shallower water than the normal 150m some of the other Clair oil is lurking at.

Nor did it find it in quantities so large that “biggest” and “world” could be used in the same sentence.

Mr Cameron did not request the oil companies keep this massive wealth hidden from the Scottish electorate until after the referendum. He would never do that. Just like Westminster didn’t before the last referendum.

Read full article at Oil And Gas People

Little Nicky and his friends at Boggart Blog will be doing more digging (or drilling) on this topic. We’ll keep you posted. But at least you now know why Cameron and Osborne have suddenly become so enthusiastic about persuading Scotland to vote “no” when dumping Scotland with its over representation in Westminster and its built in Labour majority would be almost certain to keep the Tories in power.

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Russia, Ukraine and the Petrodollar
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Latest TTIP News – Could There Be More To This Than Meets They Eye?

Little nicky has warned you before about a couple of trade treaties currently being negotiated in secret. The TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership) and TTIP (Trans Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) are, according to press releases, aimed at creating economic free trade zones between the EU and NAFTA (North Atlantic Free Trade Association which the Obama Administration is trying to extend to weld USA, Canada and Mexico into a single state in the way the EU want to merge all member states into a single federal superstate) and between the NAFTA superstate and the Pacific Rim nations.

Really what TPP and TTIP will do is abolish democracy and free global corporations to do WTF they like as they will be empowered to ignore any national law that obstructs their business interests.

The latest news-report from the TTIP negotiations from Inter Press Service puts it into perspective. It concerns the secret Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations with Europe, and it’s headlined on July 18th, “US Accused of Forcing EU to Accept Tar Sands Oil:

Trade negotiators are working to permanently block a landmark [E.U.] regulatory proposal aimed at addressing climate change.” Cary L. Biron writes there that, “Newly publicised internal documents suggest that U.S. negotiators are working to permanently block a landmark regulatory proposal in the European Union aimed at addressing climate change, and instead to force European countries to import particularly dirty forms of oil. … At issue is the mechanism by which the European Union would determine the greenhouse gas emissions of various types of oil and gas. As part of Europe’s broader climate pledges, the F[uel] Q[uality] D[irective] was revised to reduce the emissions of transport fuels by six percent by the end of the decade. In 2011, the E.U. proposed that tar sands and other unconventional [i.e., especially filthy] oils be formally characterised as having higher greenhouse gas ‘intensity’ than conventional oil, given that they require more energy to produce – 23 percent higher, according to a study for the European Commission.”

longer report from Truth Out (interpress content not available for linking)

Hmm, so yet another reason why the USA might want to make Russia a pariah state emerges.

Germany Axes Canada-EU Trade Agreement, This Will End TTIP Stitch Up Too

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It’s no fracking use dreaming, shale gas is not The Messiah

To read the headlines or listen to that even more idiotic and unreliable source, Barack Hussein Obama you would think the USA was on the verge of regaining its position as the world’s No. 1 oil and gas producer and exporter due to the discovery of way to exploit vast reserves of oil and gas held in shale deposits.

In fact, according to The White House, fracking shale would drive America’s economic recovery and pave the way for The Emeror Obama to complete Americ’s economic conquest of the world and establishment of a global empire. Told you he’s a dickhead.

Recently President Obama made various noises that the US could alleviate the dependency of Ukraine on Russian gas because of America’s infinite reserves of oil shale and natural shale gas. Ever the dickhead’s dickhead Obama is once again letting his teleprompter do the thinking. There’s only one thing wrong with his dream solution to the Putin obstacle to his planned absorption of Ukraine into the EU and NATO, America’s shale bonanza is not going to happen.

The surface numbers are indeed impressive to a layman or politician but have been complied by the well known scientific method of making mathematical models of reality. And that means ignoring any real world data that suggests things might not be a simple as the scientists would like.

from Veterans Today:
According to US Government Energy Information Administration data, between 2005 and 2010 the contribution from shale gas to total US marketed gas production rose from less than 2% to more than 20%. And 2011 set an all-time record for US production as the result of shale gas growth.
However the shale gas comes from a small number of areas with significant and viable shale rock formations that have trapped gas and oil in the interstices of the sedimentary shale rocks. Continue reading:

US Threatens Russia Over Petrodollar-Busting Deal

I’m really having trouble keeping up with what I posted where at the moment. Not so long ago The Daily Stirrer posted an article on how the west had much more to lose in an economic war with Russia. While the rent boy President, Barack Obama huffed and puffed and drew red lines (with a crayon) Putin grinned, flicked V signs westwards and sang “Who’s got all the gas, who’s got all the gas …

And no wonder, things are progressing very quickly. The American economy depends on the ‘petrodollar’, while the US dollar is the global reserve currency in which nations conduct cross border business, the US can dictate what price it will pay for commodities. But once other nations abandon the dollar, the fundamental weakneses of the US economy are exposed.

I warned of this a long time ago: how Saddam May yet Win The War

We are a lot further down the line now and I can see how true my predictions were: USA, Russia, Economic War Over Ukraine – an explainer which shows how Russia need not fear western economic sanctions if they are not supported by China, India and the Islamic world.

It does not end there however. We also reported on Putin’s plan, hatched with his Chinese allies, to ditch the dollar as reserve currency:

Putin Flushes The Dollar Down The Toilet – We Told You So

And now our always reliable friends at Zero Hedge are on the case too:

US Threatens Russia Over Petrodollar-Busting Deal

Ukraine: It Was Not About Freedom, It Was About Oil And Gas

Ah those silly lefties, you can rely on them to get everything totally wrong. They still insist the only way out of the debt crisis is to borrow more money, they sill believe the way to reduce unemployment is to bring more unskilled, uneducated immigrants into the country, and they still think the Nazi thugs that brought down the elected government of Ukraine are freedom loving, gay rights supporting progressive liberals who yearn for nothing but the chance to live in a liberal democracy which summarily executes dissidents.

Russia’s intervention is of course far from benign and is wholly motivated by self interest. Still at least Putin puts Russia’s economic interests first. Unlike Cameron, Hollande and the New World Order’s rent boy barack Arse-For-Sale Obama, who all serve the people pushing us towards a global totalitarian government. Their intervention as the FUKUS axis was never anything to do with freedom, it was to bring down the regime and pull Ukraine into the orbit of the global banking cartel.

Here’s a little truth, let’s hope it makes out nazi loving leftie friends shit themselves when they realise what kind of a regime they have put in power.


“Russia’s armed intervention in the Crimea undoubtedly illustrates President Putin’s ruthless determination to get his way in Ukraine. But less attention has been paid to the role of the United States in interfering in Ukrainian politics and civil society. Both powers are motivated by the desire to ensure that a geostrategically pivotal country with respect to control of critical energy pipeline routes remains in their own sphere of influence.

“Much has been made of the reported leak of the recording of an alleged private telephone conversation between US assistant secretary of state Victoria Nuland and US ambassador to Kiev Geoffrey Pyatt. While the focus has been on Nuland’s rude language, which has already elicited US apologies, the more important context of this language concerns the US role in liaising with Ukrainian opposition parties with a view, it seems, to manipulate the orientation of the Ukrainian government in accordance with US interests.”

Continue reading at The Guardian

But people in the know think for all the government’s bluster britain will not support sanctions against Russia

from Zero Hedge

A week ago, when the idea of sanctions against Russia was first officially announced, we made a statement, which was obviously in jest yet which, as so often happens, was so rooted in reality:

How is this an indication of reality? Well, for one, as we reported previously, the one country that has the most to lose from Russian sanctions, Germany, and specifically its industrial superlobby has already said “Nein” to any truly crippling trade blockade of Moscow would backfire on Germany’s own economy and bottom line.

But what about London? Here, the NYT explains why, once again, it was all about the money, and why were right even when we were being humorous:

The White House has imposed visa restrictions on some Russian officials, and President Obama has issued an executive order enabling further sanctions. But Britain has already undermined any unified action by putting profit first.

It boils down to this: Britain is ready to betray the United States to protect the City of London’s hold on dirty Russian money. And forget about Ukraine.

At this point, in standing with the ideological framework of the host media outlet, the author takes a detour into naive idealism – a world in which it is not money that talks, but a declining global superpower, whose hypocrisy has been exposed time and again, and where extinct words like “mission” and “moral” are used with reckless abandon:

Continue reading at Zero hedge

There Is A Global Conspiracy Says World Bank Insider

Monsanto, the TPP and Global Food Dominance

“Control oil and you control nations,” said US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in the 1970s. ”Control food and you control the people.”

Global food control has nearly been achieved, by reducing seed diversity with GMO (genetically modified) seeds that are distributed by only a few transnational corporations. But this agenda has been implemented at grave cost to our health; and if the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) passes, control over not just our food but our health (see posts in Black Hat Biotech menu), our environment and our financial system will be in the hands of transnational corporations. And our governments of course already are.

Monsanto, the TPP and Global Food Dominance
Meat Will Only Be For The Elite If Leftie Scientists Get Their Way

While Syria Distracts Us Will Egypt Seize Libya For It’s Oil

If the conflict in Syria, currently showing signs of spreading to Turkey, Iraq and Kurdistan were to escalate into a regional war, a proxy for east and west to butt heads without sustaining too much domestic damage, is Egypt likely to take advantage of the distraction and seize Libya for its oilfields?

Thw Egyptians certainly have an incentive. Since the Arab Spring kicked off almost two years ago, the Egyptian economy has been disintegrating. Foreign currency reserves have more than halved and many currency traders predict the Egyptian pound, already at its lowest point in eight years, will soon be devalued. Socially, discontent is widespread. According to Gulf News, “In the past three months, Egypt has experienced increased power cuts that sometimes last for hours, while a fuel and diesel crisis has at times paralyzed the country, with mile-long queues forming outside petrol stations.” The black market price for gas canisters is 10 times higher than the official selling price; for bread it’s five times higher.

Taking into account Egypt’s political ideology, its past relationship with its large but sparsly populated neighbour, and its economic situation this scenario is being raised as a concern by increasing numbers of diplomats, businesses and media organisations.

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood government desperately needs a $4.8-billion IMF bailout to stop the economy bleeding out but the Islamists refuse to curtail subsidies to peasant farmers because most of its support comes from the rural vote. To comply with IMF demands for austerity could easily trigger a popular revolt of the kind that led to the fall of the Mubarak regime.

Having cut the IMF umbilical cord the brotherhood is looking for aid from the Arab oil states and the U.S.A. but even if this materializes, it will be at best a stopgap. With tourism remaining the nation’s main source of foreign exchange, but tourists steering clear of Egypt because of its anti-Western riots, persecution of Christians and other minorities and rush to adopt Sharia law this revenue stream is faltering. Meanwhile foreign investors are increasingly wary of investing in Egyptian ventures leaving few options open to the government. The temptation to look next door at the source of wealth that kept an insane tyurant like Gadaffi in power in Libya for forty years could become an irresistible, temptation particularly since Egypt views union with Libya as inevitable.

If we remember that Arab loyalties are usually to tribe and clan rather than the synthetic nation states manufactured by the western powers after the fall of the Ottoman Empire in 1918, it becomes easy to see why an Egyptian annexation of Libya looks an obvious way forward for two nations plunged into chaos by the western meddling that triggered the Arab Spring.

Turkey And Syria On The Brink Of Full Scale War

And God said Let The be Oil … and lo there was oil.

When Golda Mier, Isrsael’s Prime Minister back in the 1960s complained “Why did God lead us to the one place in the middle east where there was no oil and comedian Jackie Mason wisecracked, “What idiot put our oil underr their sand,” neither knew how wrong they were.

As the green lobby revs up for a good wail and gnash of teeth about fracking shale gas reserves the Israeli’s are finding that for decades they have been sitting on the biggest oil bonanza since Jed Clampitt struck lucky in The Beverley Hillbillies.

What will this mean to middle east politics? Read Ian P-J: Tensions Boil As Israeli Oil Riches Grow

One think’s for sure; those green meanies are going to be getting even more anti Semitic

G8 Leaders Will Talk About Reducing The Price Of Oil

Leaders of major economic powers including David Cameron will arrive today at a G8 summit in the USA on the back of promises to help families “struggling with the impact of oil prices.” The summit, at the Camp David presidential retreat, will tomorrow discuss a US call for developed economies to release oil from their strategic reserves to try to bring down world oil prices. The White House is arguing that an EU embargo on Iranian oil will soon start to push up prices, a potential threat to Mr Obama’s reelection campaign.

“With families across the world struggling with the impact of oil prices and a fragile global economy, we must renew our joint efforts to support growth, financial stability and energy security,” Mr Cameron writes in an article published today.

In a newspaper article today, Mr Cameron will hint at plan to deplete oil reserves which will reduce prices temporarily but make the developed nations more vulnerable to oil exporting nations, many of which are hostile to the west, holding us to ransome in future by limiting supplies.

The Prime Minister first discussed the oil plan with mr Obama in March, when he said the idea was “worth looking at”. Diplomats said the oil plan will be discussed at Camp David on saturday morning, although no action will be announced this weekend.

Now Little Nicky does not like to pour cold water on good ideas but this is not a good idea. In fact, with oil prices being the biggest issue in the USA at the moment it looks very much like a stitch up to help Obama’s re – election bid. So in the end we the people are going to end up paying to get our greatest enemy, thre New World Order’s houseboy, the fifth-columnist-in-chief a second term in office.

It is all likely to be in vain however. Though Russia is not a G8 nation Vladimir Putin declined an invitation to a to attend while China has let it be know the USA is no longer the world’s most influential economic power (The Cinese government and its banks hold a huge amount of American debt and could reduce the USA to another Greeece tomorrow if they wished,) so things are not looking good for the G8 plan even before it gets off the ground.

The True hockey Stick

Too Insane To Be Funny

I saw this on Bishop Hill blog and thought of putting this in Boggart Blog but then decided it is too insane to be funny:

A few months ago the Obama Justice Department brought charges against Continental and six other oil companies in North Dakota for causing the death of 28 migratory birds, in violation of the Migratory Bird Act. Continental’s crime was killing one bird “the size of a sparrow” in its oil pits. The charges carry criminal penalties of up to six months in jail. “It’s not even a rare bird. There’re jillions of them,” he explains. He says that “people in North Dakota are really outraged by these legal actions,” which he views as “completely discriminatory” because the feds have rarely if ever prosecuted the Obama administration’s beloved wind industry, which kills hundreds of thousands of birds each year.

Read the full story

See what we’re up against?

Iceberg Alley Blues

Whatever Happened To The Oil Disaster In The Gulf

Little Nicky Machiavelli does not often write about fear and panic, that is Boggart Blog’s job. Even so we do get to report quite frequently on the exposure of another round of fear and panic as a fraud cooked up by governments, big business, scientists (they’re always in the thick of it) and the money men.

In the past few years since Little Nicky began his career as a blogger I and my confederates at Boggart Blog, The Daily Stirrer and elsewhere have reported on the Bird Flu panic, MRSA panic, Climate Armageddon panic, Volcano juice panic, Swine Flue paninc, toxic debt panic and a few others.

In each case the politicians, scientists, money men and those branches of business who saw an opportunity to profit from the outbreak of fear and panic among citizens, predicted the end of civilisation as we know it if people did not surrender the ability to think for themselves in exchange for being granted the safety and protection of a paternalistic, authoritarian ragime.

Most recent Armageddon scenario was the Gulf Of Mexico oil spill fear and panic. The oil leaking from the fractured well threatened a huge stretch of the U.S. coat with destruction it was claimed. Now this required people to not only stop thinking for themselves but also to stop thinking of the world in terms of a big football floating in space of which the USA is just one of the leather panels on the surface. The people who fell for it had to think of Asia, Africa, Europe, South America, Australia, Greenland and Antarctica as small islands off the east and west coasts of the USA.

Thus the spillage from one averaged sized oil well tapping into a smallish oil reservoir was set to flood the oceans with crude oil destroying life on earth. It was America’s greastest eco – disaster ever. So where has all that spilled oil gone now asks The Rational Optimist in an article titled The Oil Disappears From The Gulf

Accrording to the Panicmonger In Chief, Barack Hussein Obama, the oil spill that followed the blow out on BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig was an ecological disaster of Biblical proportions. And how did he know that? His friendly scientists told him of course. Let’s hope the U.S. electors remember how Obama has tried to politicise this issue when voting in the mid tern elections in November.

If he has been as bright as he thinks he is the President might have possessed the with to paraphrse Macbeth:

“Will all Neptunes great ocean wash clean
the oil from this my coast; or will this
my coast the monstrous seas incarnedine
making the green one black”

As usual Obama was ill informed and wrong. The spill was not the biggest the world’s oceans have ever known, not even the biggest in the Gulf Of Mexico (see our link below) Not a trace of the 1979 oil spill in the Gulf, bigger than the current one according to estimates, now remains and nobody remembers it.

Americans, particularly those who supported Obama just love mass hysteria so it was inevitable the spill would be inflated into an outbreak of fear and panic. Ironically the Obama supporters who prided themselves on being rational and not prone to the idiocies embraced by the religious right have shown they were actually loopier. They just needed a messiah who ticked all the politically correct boxes.

With Obama to lead them they have panicked about global warming, succumbed to swine flu hysteria and now quaked in fear of Oilmageddon as the panicmonger – in chief whipped up the frenzy and threw in a bit of Brit hating racism for good measure.

Xavier Connolly for The Daily Stirrer website predicted weeks ago, long before the well was capped, that micro organisms would take care of the oil as they had after that spill thirty years ago.

Read another point of view on the oil spill, environmental catastrophes and fear and panic in Was Tony Hayward Right After All (Daily Telegraph)

America’s Lame Duck Government

Deepwater Horizon or Deepwater Abyss

It seems that after managing to pass off several weeks of dithering indecision about how to react to the catastrophic oil spill that has resulted from the explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, Barack Obama in asking whose arse should he kick has provoked the same reaction from the oil industry and the American voters, “Your own, Mr President.” …..

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill – The Tide Turns

The Renewable Energy Con

Now its official, the governments progress on renewable energy sources is all a con. Those windmills may waft their trefoil arms prettily but the truth is the window of efficiency between too little wind to operate economically and too much wind to operate safely just means there are few days we are actually getting energy from wind. Solar power is a non starter in Britain, not because of lack of sun but because the vast areas of scrubland that can be covered in photovoltaic cells are all in other countries. We tend to build new houses on any bit of land big enough to accommodate a cow pat.

There are of course some viable renewable energy sources we could explore but these require massive investment and have a long payback period. No good at all to the fascistic profiteers our public utilities have been handed to.

So what do the government do. They fall back on statistical smoke and mirrors. Energy production from renewable sources has increased 20% in the last year is easily spun to sound as if we get 20% of our energy from renewables. But actually the 20% increase is 20% of 2%.

Most of our energy still comes from coal, oil, gas and nuclear stations. For all the promises of the past decade we have hardly moved forward at all.

Little ?Nicky Machiavelli reported all this going on several times in the past two years. If you want to know the news before it happens read Machiavelli Blog.

When Dubya Turns Green Be Afraid.

I’m rather concerned about something in President Bush’s State Of The Union speech. Dubya is turning green.
When Dr. David Banner starts to turn green its the bad guys who need to be afraid because the arrival of the Incredible Hulk is imminent. But when America’s neo-con President announces he is turning green we should all be very afraid… Because it means the religious right are up to something.
If you missed the news item the President announced that as part of his plan to reduce America’s carbon emissions by 20% he would be sponsoring an initiative to encourage the agricultural sector of the economy to get into the petroleum business by growing Corn (Maize) and Soya crops from which ethanol can be produced. The biofuel is then added to oil based petroleum thus reducing the amount of carbon put into the atmosphere.
On the face of it the idea sounds rather crackpot, so what is it really about?
The first thing to spring to mind is that it is nothing but a cynical ploy by the Republicans to secure votes for Dubya’s would be successor in the 2008 Presidential Election. Certainly the mid – west is Republican heartland where support has been eroded most by the military failures in Iraq and Afghanistan. A big boost to the farming communities by inventing a new market for cash crops that the USA currently have far too much capacity to produce would be a sound political move.
The second possibility is that the move is purely political and aimed at reducing America’s dependency on politically unstable or possibly hostile nations such as Russia, Venezuela or Iran for the means to supply the greedy economy’s oil habit.
In either case the proposal does not make economic or scientific sense.
Growing the biofuel crops is hardly a job for small, environmentally aware farming operations. The production units would have to be vast, highly mechanised farms capable of growing maize or soya by the square mile rather than by the acre. Farming would have to be intense, with only two crops to rotate and margins so tight as to remove the opportunities for leaving areas fallow, the policy would create perfect conditions for a repeat of the 1930s dustbowl social disaster.
The farms would have no option but to dump huge quantities of chemical fertilizers on the land thus polluting the water table and affecting wildlife and human population.
Then we get to the bottom line. The President says he plans to set in train a process that will eventually reduce emissions by 20%. Ethanol only reduces carbon emissions by 13% against oil; based fuels. And that is without counting the carbon released during the manufacture of fertilizer, the agricultural tasks from ploughing to transporting the harvested crop and the huge, energy hungry processing plants needed to convert the crops first to sugar and then to alcohol. Without doing the maths in fine detail it becomes clear that the great green initiative could actually result in pumping more greenhouse gases and chemical pollutants into the atmosphere per gallon of fuel in your tank.
As I said the economics do not make any sort of sense

So really the only logic behind this bizarre announcement would appear to be that the neo – cons plan to make America independent of the wider world in oil because that would free up a future right wing government to run around nuking without compunction any nation that does not comply with orders from the White House.

When Dubya turns green be afraid, be very afraid.

Update 20 December 2009:
And to show us all what he really meant by “change you can believe in,” Obama follows ?Bush down the Biofuel dead end
Obama buys the biofuel hype