Friday, 17 February 2012

Urgent new draft letter for MPs re biofuel consultation

Draft Letter/email to MPs about the consultation-urgent
NB Please add your address. This is important as MPs can only reply to their constituents. This can be sent, or better,compose your own letter

(Your address)
Dear (name of MP)
I am writing in regard to the current Government consultation on biofuels.
I am strongly opposed to the use of large scale biofuels and biomass in electricity power stations, as is being proposed in the UK, against the wishes of local residents, environmental, humanitarian, animal rights and climate change groups in this country and abroad.
Far from being a renewable, sustainable, carbon neutral form of energy- as has been thought by governments- large scale biofuels give rise to more emissions than fossil fuels, and when rainforests are cleared to make room for eg. palm plantations,  this robs the planet of  the very forests that are currently absorbing 20% of its CO2. Furthermore, when peatlands are cleared, vast amounts of methane is released. So, using large scale biofuels or 'agrofuels' does not help the government meet its targets of reducing green house gases- quite the opposite.

In addition, rainforest clearance is endangering many species eg orang utans, Sumatran tigers and leads to human rights abuses-violence, murder and rape of local people who are forcibly removed from their lands-including indigenous peoples who lose their whole way of living. Furthermore, using land for fuel while so many millions of people are starving is immoral and irresponsible.
Repeatedly, government representatives claim that palm oil can be produced sustainably and it is thought in some quarters that the RSPO, the Roundtable for Sustainable Development ensures sustainability. However the RSPO has been widely discredited by 200 groups and has been shown to neither protect human or animal rights or the destruction of virgin rainforest.See the 'Greenwashing of Palm Oil by the RSPO' (on google).

Using temperate forests for wood for biomass is also flawed thinking and Campaigners in Canada are already working against the destruction of forests there.
I therefore urgently request that you:
1.  Ask Ed Davey and Charles Hendry, at the Department of Energy and Climate Change, to stop the Renewable Obligation Certificates subsidies (ROCs) for biofuels and biomass, and express my concern over the serious omission in the current consultation that sustainability impacts have been entirely ignored, making it unfit for purpose. I am horrified that the government would use subsidies from my electricity bills to cause such destruction and ask that you do all that you can to stop this.
2.  Please sign Early Day Motion 2428 about the negative impacts of Biomass and Bioliquids for Electricity Generation.
3.  Please attend the debate to be organised by Charlotte Leslie, M.P. on the issue and request a full parliamentary vote. The draft regulation will be subject to the ‘Affirmative Resolution’ procedure, which means it will require positive approval by Parliament.
4. Please vote against ROCs for biofuels, biomass and waste incineration if the opportunity rises.
 Please encourage the government to instead re-direct funds earmarked for biofuel power stations to support genuinely sustainable renewable energy solutions such as appropriately sited wind, tidal, wave, solar, geothermal , hydroelectric energy and, crucially, to curbing energy consumption.

 Sadly, in the last two years, a potentially vast amount of electricity has not been imported which could have been from Norway.NB this was because Ofgem failed in its duty to assess truly green smale scale hydroelectric plants there. But this could be increased.  A potential two terrawatt hours could be importedI  from the backlog. I request that you ask why this energy is being squandered and  request that  the supply of electricity from Norway which could meet much of Britains electricity needs - should be improved. This energy is appropriate for subsidies, not biofuels, whose use is self- defeating.

Insulation schemes should be prioritized and given more subsidies, particularly for the elderly. In addition, the amount of packaging and waste has spiralled- waste should be reduced eg by reducing packaging not just by increasing recycling, that consumes energy. There are many jobs that could be created to reduce climate change gases, we do not need at grasp at false solutions like using large scale biofuels.(See the pamplet  'A Million Climate Change Jobs').
It is vital that government policies work together with each other. Efforts to protect the environment and human and animal rights should not be undermined by a destructive energy policy.
The biofuels consultation will be decided on in the next two months, so I look forward to your early response and to seeing correspondence on this matter.
Yours sincerely,

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