Filed under: Freedom, Islam | Tags: 9/11 and the World Trade Center, Reigniting a Divisive Debate, The Ground Zero Mosque
OMG. The colossal nerve! The Ground Zero Mosque that elicited such an uproar when people learned that Islamists wanted to build a mosque and community center only a little more than 500 feet from the site of the World Trade Center has recently applied for a $5 million federal grant from a fund designed to rebuild lower Manhattan after 9/11, according to “The Daily Beast”. It was the lack of — empathy.
The application was submitted under a “community and cultural enhancement program administered by the Lower Manhattan Redevelopment Corporation.
Park51’s developers clearly have a legal right to apply for the grant. A list of Frequently Asked Questions that accompanied the application specifically states that religious organizations can make funding requests for capital projects “as long as the request is for a facility or portion of a facility that is dedicated to non-religious activities or uses.” According to an individual familiar with the Park51 application, it requests funds to cover a number of cultural, educational and community development aspects of the proposed 13-story building—but the prayer room is excluded from the grant application.
Oh well, freedom of religion, political correctness, no discrimination and all that. Requesting public funds is legal, but my goodness, so crass. They can, but they shouldn’t.
Filed under: Economy, Energy, Environment, Junk Science | Tags: Al Gore and Ethanol, Pandering for Votes, Self-Enriching Phony
Al Gore, former U.S. Vice President and candidate for the office of President, former senator has become far more noted for his public appearances than his former offices. He is especially noted for his power point presentation called “An Inconvenient Truth”, often forced on American schoolchildren, which is so rife with errors that it cannot legally be shown to British schoolchildren unless they are first informed about all the errors.
Now he has suddenly reversed himself on his support for corn-based ethanol, weeks before tax credits are up for renewal. U.S. blending tax breaks or ethanol make it profitable for refiners to use the fuel — even when it is more expensive than gasoline. Biofuels worldwide received more subsidy than any other form of “renewable” energy. U.S. subsidies reached $7.7 billion last year according to the International Energy Industry. Gore said:
It is not a good policy to have these massive subsidies for (U.S.) first generation ethanol. First generation ethanol I think was a mistake. The energy conversion ratios are at best very small. It’s hard once such a programme is put in place to deal with the lobbies that keep it going.
One of the reasons I made that mistake is that I paid particular attention to the farmers in my home state of Tennessee, and I had a certain fondness for the farmers in the state of Iowa because I was about to run for president. (emphasis added)
In other words he was just pandering for the farm vote.
Hot Air adds:
David Pimentel, a professor of ecology at Cornell University who has been studying grain alcohol for 20 years and Tad Patzek, an engineering professor at University of California, Berkeley wrote a recent report that estimates that making ethanol from corn requires 29 percent more fossil energy than the ethanol fuel itself actually contains.