EU cover up of biofuel reports challenged in court

The European Union’s ludicrous decision to put CO2 emission reductions before the need to produce food for the human population has long deserved to be forced into the public consciousness.  Despite repeated warnings that its biofuels policy would lead to increased food prices and even lead to food shortages, the EU pressed ahead with a target of biofuels making up 10% of vehicle fuel by 2020.

But now a court challenge to the EU’s refusal to release data it holds, on the negative impact of widespread biofuel use, is set to shine a light on its disgraceful policy of putting the biofuel industry and climate change policy before the need to produce food for human beings.

As far back as 2008 the EU refused to listen to serious concerns about biofuels.  Even though the United Nations Special Rapporteur for the Right to Food, Jean Ziegler, described the production of biofuels as ‘a crime against humanity’ because of its impact on global food prices, the EU remained inflexible.  In fact the EU was (and remains) so wedded to the faux fight against climate change, Barbara Helfferich the spokeswoman for EU Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas, offered this startling rationale for refusing to back down on biofuels:

“There is no question for now of suspending the target fixed for biofuels.

“You can’t change a political objective without risking a debate on all the other objectives.”

The message was clear.  To the EU the political process and possessing power is more important than ensuring people have food to eat.  The EU has continued to deny that the increasing focus on biofuels would have a harmful impact of food prices and availability. However, thanks to the efforts of four environmental campaign groups, the EU has been forced to reveal through freedom of information requests a large number of previously secret reports that directly assess the very issue they denied existed.  As Biofuels International explains:

Some of the reports discuss the possibility of higher EU farm incomes but allude to the fact that biofuels refineries may lead to food shortages for the world’s most impoverished countries. Other documents suggest biofuels will increase the need for land and result in famers from tropical areas expanding their cropland into easily affected areas including wetlands and rainforests, which would have a negative on the surroundings.

A number of other documents remain hidden, sparking the court action to force the EU to reveal them.  However the documents already released are damning enough in themselves, as they reveal the EU was mindful that the rush to biofuels could increase the demand for land.

This would encourage farmers in tropical areas to expand cropland into sensitive areas such as wetlands and rainforests, resulting in a detrimental environmental impact.

As with all things EU, we see an absence of accountability and a fundamentally anti democratic approach to governance and respect for the law.  The EU thinks of itself as beyond the law, as graphically illustrated in 2006 when it ignored court rulings and scientific evidence to harrass and finally force the closure of Bowland Dairies in Lancashire.

This is the supranational entity our political class has sold us out to, without asking for our consent to sign away our sovereignty.  However much we complain, protest or campaign against it our wishes do not count.  The EU dictates to us, it is not answerable to us.  As such our proud nation should have no place inside its political constructs.

The EU not only kills free trade and businesses, it is now killing people in order to prop up a money making scheme dressed up as environmental protection.

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2 Responses to “EU cover up of biofuel reports challenged in court”

  1. 1 manny 10/03/2010 at 5:59 am

    Good post
    The pitfulls of biofuels are well known. Its hard to justify when developers are razing forests and sensitve ecosystems for plantations. Turning plants into fuel is often more polutting than burning petrol! Using crops for fuel when millions are starving doesn, seem right

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