Tuesday, 15 January 2008

Neste Oil, Government And Environmental Lies

Stavros Dimas, European Environment Commissioner, admitted in an interview on Monday that the EU had underestimated the dangers of causing food shortages and rainforest destruction by dictating a binding target for 10 per cent of all EU road fuels to come from "green" sources by 2020.

"We have seen that the environmental problems caused by biofuels and also the social problems are bigger than we thought they were. So we have to move very carefully," he said.

In the US, the biofuels industry is simply another farm support program and demand for corn-based fuels has helped drive up grain prices across the world and Brazil and Indonesia - the world's third and fourth biggest emitters of greenhouse gases - have increased deforestation to increase lucrative production in sugar cane and palm oil - both used to make biofuels.

Neste Oil, the third largest company in Finland with a 50.1 percent government stake, is coming up with bio-diesel plant and wants to become the world leader bio-diesel producer.

Neste oil plans to produce 800.000 tonnes of biodiesel per year from Malaysian palm oil

Greenpeace intervened, (where is the finnish green party? inexistent in the most polite way), by flagging this biofuel as "rain forest fuel". The Finnish government and Neste oil are aware of the lifetime damage it causes to the deforestation in South east Asia. It's Unbelievable from a country that is supposed to care about forest to have taken this path...

Sweden OKQ8, a filling station chain, froze the negotiation with Neste oil under the pressure of Greenpeace.

The politicians have never been so bad in playing the lying game. Pushing oil and co2 taxes on one hand, in the other helping destroying a fragile ecosystem. At the same time, the global warming has never been felt so strongly in Finland...So let's look for new leaders that are able to pass the right reforms and are not afraid to lose power in favour of a better society and world.

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