Admittedly, the number of environmentalists who think biofuels are a bad idea are outnumbered by people who have been abducted by aliens a million-fold, but maybe it’s a start (I know, my posts on the subject are starting to look obsessive/compulsive).
The drive for “green energy” in the developed world is having the perverse effect of encouraging the destruction of tropical rainforests. From the orangutan reserves of Borneo to the Brazilian Amazon, virgin forest is being razed to grow palm oil and soybeans to fuel cars and power stations in Europe and North America. And surging prices are likely to accelerate the destruction.
Here it comes.
… surging demand from the food market has raised the price of rapeseed oil too. This has led fuel manufacturers to opt for palm and soya oil instead. Palm oil prices jumped 10 per cent in September alone, and are predicted to rise 20 per cent next year, while global demand for biofuels is now rising at 25 per cent a year.
If you have some money to spare, I have an investment tip for you. All you need do is convince yourself of one of following: We don’t need rainforests, or biodiesel will not destroy them. End of story, hands on ears … na, na, na, na.
Oh, you can add Uganda to the list also:
Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni, responding to criticism of his decision to convert nature preserves into palm-oil plantations, tells us:
“… the clearing of forests for the plantation did not pose environmental danger because the palm plantation would be a forest in its own. … when [I] led the Luweero bush war, [I] was called names such as a vagabond. …Now the one who was a vagabond is Your Excellency …Jesus Christ too was killed by envious people despite all his good deeds.”
Sounds an awful lot like another president I know.