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The poor die because you want to be green

Tesco green fuel ‘adds to climate change’ - Times Online
Tesco has made false claims about the source of the green fuel sold at its service stations, according to an investigation that found that the chain sold one of the most environmentally damaging types of biodiesel.

An investigation by Greenpeace found that 30 per cent of the biofuel in Tesco diesel came from palm oil. A litre of Tesco diesel typically contains 5 per cent biofuel.

Researchers from the group bought biodiesel from a Tesco filling station in Edmonton, North London, on April 3 and sent it to Germany for analysis by ASG, an independent laboratory.

The remaining 70 per cent of the biofuel was from soya more sustainable than palm oil but linked to concerns about global food prices as fuel companies outbid other buyers.

From tomorrow fuel suppliers will be legally obliged to ensure that at least 2.5 per cent of the petrol and diesel sold in Britain comes from crops...
And so we've watched as the price of corn skyrocketed by 80% in the past two years, world wheat prices jump by 70% and dairy prices surged by 90%.

This is threatening millions of people worldwide and sparking protests around the globe. So far we've seen deadly rioting in a number of countries, including India, Egypt, Indonesia, Peru, Haiti, Pakistan, Thailand, Burkina Faso and Mauritania.

Growing middle class and bio-fuels are blamed - Telegraph

From the villages of Bangladesh to the slums of Haiti, millions of the world's poorest people have been cast into even greater penury by sharply rising food prices. At a stroke, this swift and devastating change in the global economy - which has gone almost unnoticed in the rich world - has inflicted immense suffering.
Rice is the staple diet in both these countries and its price has doubled in the last 12 months. If you happen to live in Dhakar or Port-au-Prince, this effectively means that your already meagre standard of living has suddenly been cut in half. Riots and violent demonstrations have been the result....

Soaring food costs risk 'starvation and unrest' - Telegraph
The world's poorest countries face starvation and civil unrest if global food prices keep rising, the head of the International Monetary Fund has said.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn said in Washington that "hundreds of thousands of people will be starving". "Children will be suffering from malnutrition, with consequences for all their lives," he said.

And not a word about whose law it is that is forcing us to burn food in our cars.... if you need a hint it is two letters and rhymes with "fuck you".


This just goes to show how dangerous it is to jump on the 'environmentally friendly' bandwagon.

The malignant hubris of Eco-vanity is appalling, what's worse is the competitiveness it inspires for further levels of ecovanity and greenhubris.

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