The "Republican war on science"
has evidently opened a new front: economics, a discipline often fetishized by the right.
In a startling article published July 4, the Guardian
reports that in a "secret" study, a World Bank senior economist concluded that the recent explosion in biofuels use has driven global food prices up by 75 percent -- a number much higher than estimates from other major sources. The USDA -- which has vigorously defended
President Bush's seemingly bottomless support for crop-based fuels -- claims biofuels account for only 3 percent of recent food price hikes.