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Wed, Nov. 15th, 2006, 12:16 pm

So Biofuels then.

Two years ago a friend of a friend approached the government asking about the contract to produce and distribute Biodiesels after the government announced that they were seeking tenders for someone to do just that as part of their ongoing commitment to the Kyoto protocols. This bloke was told that there would be one contract awarded (therefore creating yet another government sanctioned monopoly revealing their commitment to ensuring value to the irish customer) and he was not going to be getting it. In a development that came as no surprise to anyone at all, Shell got the contract.

Fast forward a year. There is no biodiesel at the pumps, no sign of it coming and no movement made on the production and distribution front. Shell had done their feasability study and surprise surprise had determined that there was no demand for it. The bloke inquired of the government about this and asked if they'd be tendering the contract again on the basis that nothing had been done and was informed that no, it was done and dusted and no further tendering would be done.

Skip forward a bit more to about two months ago when the government rejected a contract OFFERED to them to be the biggest and probably sole producer of the machinery used to produce and distribute biodiesel and they turned it down. This morning it was reported that Ireland was doing squat to achieve the new emission limits under the Kyoto protocol. In theory, we would have led the world in this field, a field which there is absolutely no doubt will become an absolute necessity within the next few years and which would, through massively decreased fuel prices and revenue generated, have made the celtic tiger look like a pissant operation.

Needless to say, efforts to make the area surrounding the corrib gas line as incredibly dangerous to the populace within ten miles as possible plough on regardless.

Oh yeah, and McDowell's "get de darkies out of here" bill was illegal but thats another story entirely.

Wed, Nov. 15th, 2006 12:57 pm (UTC)
socmot

I love this country.

Not.

Wed, Nov. 15th, 2006 01:26 pm (UTC)
caturah

At least there's some good news today:
http://www.rte.ie/news/2006/1115/embryo.html

Wed, Nov. 15th, 2006 03:41 pm (UTC)
leftoftheedge

Aww, poor Reichsfuhrer McDowell...

Actually, given the way Shell carry on in Nigeria it's not surprising what's happening in Mayo. They *allegedly* have a habit of paying off two-bit governments to steamroller over local and environmental protesters for them. Bertie should be careful with his 'the government has spoken' line on this, otherwise he might not like what the electorate have to say when we speak.

Wed, Nov. 15th, 2006 03:58 pm (UTC)
penexpers

I don't think that there's going to be anyone else other than Fianna Fail and *insert other party here* in Government come this time next year. I don't think anyone fancies Enda Kenny as leader. Fianna Fail/PD are basically acting like they have a Carte Blanche and I don't think the opposition parties are doing anything to stop them.

Wed, Nov. 15th, 2006 04:42 pm (UTC)
leftoftheedge

Yeah, shame but true. I just like to fool myself that my vote matters sometimes...

Wed, Nov. 15th, 2006 06:11 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous)

Down with King Bertie. Down I say!

Wed, Nov. 15th, 2006 06:43 pm (UTC)
herbiej

Holy. Crap. :(
Ever wanna throw your hands in the air and scream "WHY?!?" (usually staring at the sky, at the top of your lungs, and in a rain storm).

Wed, Nov. 15th, 2006 11:06 pm (UTC)
hkim

someone should FOI the fuck out of that, sounds well dodgy. contract awarded by who? have you got any more concrete detaisl or articles?

Sat, Nov. 18th, 2006 01:52 am (UTC)
rockpaperaxe

Eh, me bollix.

Biodiesel is already on sale and distributed through a chain of suppliers in the south east of the country. It won't be long until the supply moves nation wide, and they shift from E65 to E85 which would substantially decrease the the cost to the consumer and environment.

The whole Bellanboy situation has gone through enough saftey and environmental impact assessments to pass the EPA and planning authority tests. Those involved in the protests will never be satisfied until the reports agree with their opinion. Given the scientific facts, I can't see this happening. It's a close-minded attitude ignoring the scientific merit of previous tests for the sake of superstitious "but what if ..." ideas.

While I believe the people should be allowed protest and express their opinion, the basis of democracy is that majority rules. And until the majority of Bellanboy protests about the pipeline, instead of approx 200 people, they'll have to accept the decision of the appointed planning authority.