For years we here at The Political Carnival have been all over climate change deniers, the Drill-Baby-Drillers, and their focus on what goes into their wallets and from whom. We've pounded the disaster-in-waiting tar sands pipeline, and we've blasted BP.
None of that matters, though, because the oil-addicted remain unconvinced. However, there may finally be a way to change their minds: Via their collective sweet tooth.
Chocolate is a huge business, pulling in $90 billion in global sales annually, $19 billion of it in the U.S., according to market research company Mintel Group Ltd. Price increases and product innovation helped the industry grow 16% from 2007 through 2012, the firm found.
But scientists predict a looming cocoa bean shortage, intensified by climate change and botanical disease.
The International Cocoa Organization said that global production in the last growing year fell 6.1%, and it forecasts a 1.8% slide this year. That would probably cause a cocoa shortfall of 45,000 metric tons in the current marketing year ending Sept. 30, the group said.
Tighter supplies as well as rising sugar and manufacturing costs are adding to the price of truffles and bonbons.
Will the fossil fuel supporters finally see that they must alter their polluting ways once they realize that our yummy, scrumptious, to-die-for, decadent chocolate treats are in danger because of climate change?
Let's hope these stubborn doubters are not just coo-coo, but also coo-coo for Cocoa Puffs.