Denver is known as the Mile High city and as far as Al Gore is concerned, the high altitude, the thin air of the city may have been a contributing factor to President Obama’s poor debate performance agains Mitt Romney on Wednesday night.

I’m going to say something controversial here, Obama arrived in Denver at 2 p.m. today – just a few hours before the debate started. Romney did his debate prep in Denver. When you go to 5,000 feet, and you only have a few hours to adjust – I don’t know…

Talk about scraping the bottom of the barrel.  Yes, it can take time for some people to adjust to the altitude in Denver, but the president has been there many times before for speeches and has never shown any ill effects, until now apparently.

Then again when it comes to climate, we all know how accurate Gore has been in the past.

The fact is that Obama came into the debate totally unprepared and his performance was so stunningly bad, that even the liberal media couldn’t provide cover for their favorite son.

It wasn’t the altitude, but the attitude that sank Obama in Denver on Wednesday night.

Forner vice-president and noted environmental activist Al Gore issues a mea culpa of sorts when he admitted that his support fr corn-based  ethanol was a mistake.

From Reuters

Former U.S. vice-president Al Gore said support for corn-based ethanol in the United States was “not a good policy”, weeks before tax credits are up for renewal.

U.S. blending tax breaks for ethanol make it profitable for refiners to use the fuel even when it is more expensive than gasoline. The credits are up for renewal on Dec. 31.

Total U.S. ethanol subsidies reached $7.7 billion last year according to the International Energy Industry, which said biofuels worldwide received more subsidies than any other form of renewable energy.

“It is not a good policy to have these massive subsidies for (U.S.) first generation ethanol,” said Gore, speaking at a green energy business conference in Athens sponsored by Marfin Popular Bank.

“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.”

He explained his own support for the original programme on his presidential ambitions.

“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.”

U.S. ethanol is made by extracting sugar from corn, an energy-intensive process. The U.S. ethanol industry will consume about 41 percent of the U.S. corn crop this year, or 15 percent of the global corn crop, according to Goldman Sachs analysts.

A food-versus-fuel debate erupted in 2008, in the wake of record food prices, where the biofuel industry was criticised for helping stoke food prices.

Gore said a range of factors had contributed to that food price crisis, including drought in Australia, but said there was no doubt biofuels have an effect.

“The size, the percentage of corn particularly, which is now being (used for) first generation ethanol definitely has an impact on food prices.

“The competition with food prices is real.”

Gore supported so-called second generation technologies which do not compete with food, for example cellulosic technologies which use chemicals or enzymes to extract sugar from fibre for example in wood, waste or grass.

“I do think second and third generation that don’t compete with food prices will play an increasing role, certainly with aviation fuels.”

This is a little bit like a “Come to Jesus” moment for Hore as he admitted that not only was he mistaken in supporting corn-based ethanol but he largely did so because he was going to run for president and needed the farm vote.

Conservatives have been saying for years that corn-based ethanol is not cost effective only to be drowned out by environmentalists like Gore and the liberal media who jumped on every green energy scheme that crossed their path regardless of the facts.

Hopefully Gore’s statement will help kill the subsidy which amounted to $3 billion in credits in 2007 and was expected to reach $5 billion this year but the corn lobby will fight hard for the chance to continue feeding at the government trough.

the free market should decide what renewable energy sources succeed and fail but the problem with allowing that to happen is that mot of them would fail without heavy government subsidies which we all pay for so green energy isn’t as cheap as the left would have us believe.

For now I’m sticking to corn on the cob.

In less than one month after the much hyped U.N. Climate Change Conference much of Europe and parts of the U.S. were hit by a series of snowstorms and cold weather that has frayed nerves and cost businesses thousands of dollars in lost business and productivity and in the case of  farmers in Ireland over $20 million at last count in ruined potatoes and produce.

How bad has this winter been so far?  According to the New York Times Grenoble France received almost a foot of snow, something they haven’t seen in 20 years,  Spain was forced to bring in the Army to clear roads, 100,000 people in Poland lost power and the Eurostar train that runs from Paris to London was forced to run only one train in each direction  due to harsh weather conditions.

Germany which hailed Obama during his presidential campaign and has been quick to endorse the cutting of carbon emissions now finds itself facing up to $3 billion of losses due to snow and cold temperatures.

But does all this cold weather mean that global warming or climate change is a hoax as conservatives charge?  Yes and no.  For me a cold winter is no more an example that global warming is a hoax as a very hot summer means that the earth’s temperature is warming and that we are headed for disaster.

What it does prove is that temperatures and climate are cyclical.  Remember we get El Nino bringing in especially hot weather in some years and La Nina is accompanied by cooler weather in others.

That is what the left though fails to recognize as they constantly preach their message that we have to take drastic and costly action now otherwise we will face as Al Gore said a twenty foot wall of water coming down on us.

And what about David Viner a senior research scientist at the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia in Britain who predicted this in 2000.

Britain’s winter ends tomorrow with further indications of a striking environmental change: snow is starting to disappear from our lives.

Sledges, snowmen, snowballs and the excitement of waking to find that the stuff has settled outside are all a rapidly diminishing part of Britain’s culture, as warmer winters – which scientists are attributing to global climate change – produce not only fewer white Christmases, but fewer white Januaries and Februaries.

He also added that “Children won’t know what snow is.”  Well they certainly do now.

But we shouldn’t be too surprised at Viner’s  prediction since it came from the same outfit that is behind the Climategate e-mail scandal which has rocked the scientific world and thrown into doubt that global warming exists or that there is a consensus on the issue.

Al Gore and his ilk have been strangely silent during this latest cold snap but you can bet we will hear from them as soon as the thermometer begins to rise.