Saturday soapbox

Saturday’s soapbox is yours to use as you will – within the bounds of decency and absence of defamation.

You’re welcome to look back or forward, discuss issues of the moment, to pontificate, ponder or point us to something of interest, to educate, elucidate or entertain, to muse or amuse.

6 Responses to Saturday soapbox

  1. Andrei says:

    Of course it doesn’t make sense, it is all politician’s brainfarts – these halfwits don’t take into account that corn doesn’t grow itself but takes a lot of work to do and even more to turn into methanol.

    If it could be done economically the oil companies would have done it years ago because they are in the business of making money and the cheaper it is for them to produce fuel the more money they make.

    Politicians are a peculiar form of low life, talentless except for their self belief in how important they are and convincing enough people to go along with them in their over inflated view of themselves.

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  2. TraceyS says:

    “At the same time, most studies have determined that because of the carbon emissions involved in biofuels’ agricultural production, their net effect on greenhouse gases is either negligible or negative.”

    (http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/01/07/1410561/how-us-biofuel-policy-is-destroying-guatemalas-food-supply/?mobile=nc)

    The way it is being done is hurting people. Isn’t that what climate change intervention is supposed to avoid? It’s meant to be all about preserving the earth for future generations. But what about children without enough food in present times? Surely proponents don’t endorse this suffering as a means to an end. I think that’s morally wrong.

    I’ll agree with you Andrei insofar as we lost all hope of responding to climate change properly when it became a political debate. Unfortunately the greens needed its back to ride in order to increase their political clout.

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  3. Andrei says:

    Tracey this is a classic example of why we shouldn’t allow politicians to decide anything,

    They passed an absolutely stupid regulation in the USA that says 10% or more of the fuel for cars must be methanol. This makes the fuel more expensive, shortens the life of the cars and worst of all prices food out of the reach of the poor – sheer brilliance!

    A law without a redeeming feature, that seeks to address a feature of life on this planet that is not in the hands of man and almost certainly never will be

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  4. Andrei says:

    Thinking about the depredations of politicians has made me grumpy, or is it nasty methotrexate, who knows, who cares, lets have some fun

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  5. TraceyS says:

    What would you expect in a country where gay marriage is one of the major priorities. Which might affect an estimated 1.7% of the population (estimated to be the definitely gay or lesbian proportion).

    And of course, climate change, which we are at least 30 years too late to change the course of and certainly won’t do by growing fields of biofuel.

    Then there are the 15% who live below the poverty line. I agree, their plight can only get worse with priorities like that.

    You might not think much of NZ at the moment Andrei, but at least we do have some decent priorities here.

    That’s what I think anyway.

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