In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Dec 20, 2011 / 24 Kislev, 5772

Pass (on) this gas

By Jack Kelly

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | On orders from the White House, the Navy has purchased 450,000 gallons of a biofuel mix for its aviation fuel for about $16 a gallon. JP-5, the normal fuel for jet aircraft, sells for less than $4 a gallon.

A fermented algae biofuel sold by the California firm Solazyme for $26 a gallon was mixed with oil products to bring the overall price down to four times the going rate for jet fuel. The mixing took place in a Louisiana plant built in part by a $21.8 million grant Solazyme received from President Barack Obama's stimulus bill.

T.J. Glauthier, a "strategic adviser" at Solazyme, worked for Mr. Obama on the energy portion of the stimulus bill.

This was the largest government purchase of biofuel ever. It was authorized by executive order under the Obama administration's "we can't wait" campaign.

"Administration officials gave no indication why they're not going through Congress, instead of using a program that was established to promote rapid job growth by bypassing congressional debate," said Fox News.

About 300 people work at the Lousiana biofuels plant. That comes out to a taxpayer subsidy of about $73,000 per job -- not counting the gouging the taxpayers are getting on the cost of the fuel.

Physics as well as economics make it impractical to produce much biofuel from algae, researchers at Kansas State University said in April. But the Navy, in partnership with the Departments of Agriculture and Energy, plans to spend up to $510 million over the next three years to develop infrastructure for supplying the military with biofuels, the White House announced in August.

Solazyme's $26 a gallon biofuel is a bargain compared to the $1.5 billion in grants and loans the government has made to producers of cellulosic ethanol (ethanol made from wood, switchgrass, or the non-edible parts of plants).

From the standpoint of science and economics, ethanol is a terrible substitute for gasoline. It is a net consumer of energy. (More is used to produce it than ethanol generates when it is burned.) Ethanol is highly corrosive. It damages engines and can't be transported in pipelines. Ethanol has a lower octane rating than gasoline, so it lowers vehicle mileage.

The great benefit of ethanol, allegedly, is that it emits less carbon dioxide. But production of bioethanol and biodiesel actually increases the greenhouse effect when the forest land in the tropics that is being cleared to plant energy crops is taken into account, a leading British scientist told the Royal Academy of Engineering last year.

It will take up to 300 years for ethanol to compensate for the CO2 released from the forests already burnt, Dr. Roland Clift said.

Ethanol is more attractive from the standpoint of politics. Subsidies go mostly to the swing states of the Midwest. Subsidy recipients have made generous political contributions.

There was no commercial production of cellulosic ethanol in 2007. There still isn't much. After Congress passed the subsidies, about half a dozen companies started up to get a piece of the $1.5 billion. The largest filed for bankruptcy last year, amid charges of fraud. The others are struggling because even with the subsidies, cellulosic ethanol costs too much to produce to compete with petroleum, the National Academy of Science said in a report in October.

"Currently, no commercially viable biorefineries exist for converting cellulosic biomass to fuel," the NAS said.

This is a problem, because the Democratic Congress in 2007 went beyond providing handsome subsidies for a product that didn't exist. It passed a law requiring oil companies to buy cellulosic fuel to blend with conventional gasoline. The mandate for this year was supposed to be 250 million gallons, but the EPA quietly reduced that to 6.6 million gallons.

That was still more than all the cellulosic ethanol produced, so oil companies had to spend $10 million to buy waiver credits for failing to obey a mandate to buy a product that wasn't available for purchase.

The Obama administration in September lent Abengoa Bioenergy $134 million to build a cellulosic plant in Kansas.

The government "subsidized a product that didn't exist, mandated its purchase though it still didn't exist, is punishing oil companies for not buying the product that doesn't exist, and is now doubling down on the subsidies on the hope that someday it might exist," said the Wall Street Journal in an editorial. "We'd call this the march of folly, but that's unfair to fools."

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JWR contributor Jack Kelly, a former Marine and Green Beret, was a deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force in the Reagan administration.

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