Tom Wise MEP: EU Biofuels Targets

Dear MEP,

I am writing to ask you to vote against the proposed EU targets to increase the use of biofuels in road transport. I would like to thank Andrew Duff and Jeffrey Titford for their replies to my previous email in February.

There is mounting evidence that the large-scale production of biofuels will:

– destroy forests that are some of the world’s most important habitats
– take food and land from the poorest people
– increase, not reduce climate change

Please vote against the biofuels targets. Supporting stronger proposals to improve the fuel efficiency of new vehicles would be a much better way to combat climate change.

Please let me know how you intend to vote.

You can contact me by email or at the following address:

Yours sincerely,

Denis Walker

6 Jun 2008


   From: thomas.wise@europarl.europa.eu
Subject: RE: Stop the biofuels targets
   Date: 6 June 2008 23:44:25 BST
     To: denis@seefoe.org.uk

Thank you for your email. I could spend hours composing a witty and erudite individual response, but as I respond to ALL my own emails, such would take up far too much of my time. So I would please ask you to accept this standard response.

Yes, I think the EU is completely wrong to address this issue in the way it has, but then, I think the EU interferes too much in our lives anyway. I was elected to oppose such and I try to do this in every waking moment and in every letter or email I write. The EU is best at creating situations best described as “The law of unintended consequences” in that, whilst some may be of the finest intentions, it takes bureaucratic genius to foul things up the way they do.

I am appalled that huge damage is done to our planet in the race to profit. That folk will sell to the highest bidder is understandable; that they would help to create food shortages is wholly wrong. Elected politicians who have the responsibility for setting taxation on fuel should also take some of the blame as they contribute to the problem through high taxation.

You must realise that as an MEP, I have very little authority in this area, indeed, in any area. That is simply NOT part of the job we are asked to do. However, I can promise that if and when it ever gets to plenary session, yes, I will try to get this defeated.

Please accept, however, that when the Commission is hell bent on achieving something, it goes ahead and does it. Not even MEPs can stop it.

With best wishes

Tom Wise MEP

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