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NZ Herald

The Government has ditched the loonie Greens silly biofuels bill:

Legislation that would have ensured that biofuels supplied or sold in New Zealand were sustainable has been defeated.

The Sustainable Biofuel Bill, which was introduced to Parliament in 2009 by former Green Party co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons, was defeated at its second reading in Parliament tonight.

The bill was voted down 69-51, with National, New Zealand First, Act and United Future opposing it.

Biofuels are a rort. They have contributed more than anything else to rising food prices, created shortages in staples and are uneconomic without massive subsidies.

Expect multiple companies playing in this heavily subsidised space to go to the wall and good riddance to them.

 


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  • johnbronkhorst

    It was a contradictory and blatantly stupid bill. On the one hand, diesel would have to have a % of Biodiesel in it, but what they didn’t say was that was about 5 times the amount of current biodeisel production in NZ, so it would (possibly for the next 10 – 20 years) have to be imported from PALM OIL producing nations…you know those ones cutting down the rain forests to plant the palm plantations. Hows that for a stupid bill and contradictory to the Greens OWN philosophy!

    • Bob

      ‘It was a contradictory and blatantly stupid bill’, so a Greens bill then.

  • insider

    This was a private members bill so unlikely to go anywhere. The actual obligation passed by Labour has quietly died.

    What it does illustrate was Fitzsimons’ championing of image over substance, no matter the consequences. The select committee quite rightly said it could not be done. Fitzsimons would have known that as she had been told it many times. But she was willing to continue to push it with all the inherent dangers it would have brought to the economy, because she apparantly knew better. The greens continue to be extremists who should never be allowed to take over the asylum.

  • Salacious T Crumb

    “What it does illustrate was Fitzsimons’ championing of image over substance, no matter the consequences”.

    Actually, you have just highlighted the whole problem with the Green Party’s manifesto.

  • Cullen’s Sidekick

    Good to see NZ First doing something useful. I have a feeling that unless National does a deal with NZ First (post Winston era), getting back into power with just ACT and United Future will be very difficult.

    • Richard B.

      Trouble is that there is no one else in “Winstone First” who could take over from him when he has completed his oral self-embaling process.

      Perhaps Don Brash could stage a coup and try and take over?

  • Bizarre how a good idea gets hijacked by exploiters and then it’s the idea that is rubbished. Growing crops on high quality land for production of bio-fuel is a waste – most of the crops intended to be used can and should be grown on marginal land. But no those with the eye to profit from large hand-outs in the corporate world destroyed any good that might have come from this. So agree with you WO “Expect multiple companies playing in this heavily subsidised space to go to the wall and good riddance to them.”

    • johnbronkhorst

      Already been done overseas and found that the price of food became linked to the price of oil on an international basis….NOT a good thing!

      •  Urm – that was my point?

  • Alimonkey91

    Actually, I think the Greens helped highlight the fact that large scale commercial bio-fuel is not sustainable (hence the proposed bill). Not all bio-fuel is bad. There are small bio-fuel operations that are not displacing food production e.g. the guys that buy my used oils to run their vehicles…  “Biofuels are a rort. They have contributed more than anything else to rising food prices, created shortages in staples and are uneconomic without massive subsidies” – I suspect that is exactly why the bill was proposed and you are probably in agreement with the Greens.

    • curmudgeon1

      Would the loopies (greens) not have been better to propose a bill that was actually in line with what they thought rather than propose some obtuse, inverted-logic nonsense? ( u, incredibly generously, seem to attribute to them an adverse outcome as their original intent) Perhaps the alternative reality is that this piece of proposed legislation is, in fact, indicative of the fact that the loopies have no interest in real world circumstance – their interest is merely in pedaling ridiculous, fantasyland dogma. 

  • Rob F

    The current situation of biofuels is a rort in that Maize and similar crops are subsidized but lead to food shortages and are very inefficient at producing energy for fuel. However, the premise of biofuels and the potential for them is awesome. Personally I think we need to continue research on efficient biofuels because fossil fuels are not sustainable and, despite what many readers here think, they would be kinder to the environment.

  • BJ

    NZ needs to start doing what we used to do well – taking a sensible stances on ridiculous world issues.  ‘Going against the grain’ with biofuels is a good place to start. Thats what I like about National – they’re using their heads.

    • I’m confused – you’re saying that going against bio-fuels is a good stance? At least if we produced our own we might be able to avoid reliance of the importation of petroleum oil…

  • Whafe

    Dam, just planted my oil seed rape crop last week. :(

  • Mr_Blobby

    Would love to run my Remuera tractor on bio diesel, have not been able to find a source.
    Not prepared to pay a premium, do not want it subsidized and would prefer that the Government didn’t TAX it to death as they do now.
     

  • jay cee

    been running my car on bio fuel, or at least thats what it says at the pump hasn’t done my car any damage, so whats the problem?

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