Well, it seems as if heaven has sent brains; at least to one Free-Democratic decision-maker, Dirk Niebel (49) in the cabinet Merkel II. The Federal Minister for Foreign Aid and Development wants the sale of biofuels stopped immediately. Altruistic reasons? Nope, it's just common sense, IMO.
Considering the global price increases for basic food stuff after drastic harvesting shortages, Niebel demands the immediate abolition of this nonsense of converting food to fuel. Thumbs up!
German law requires an overall fleet minimum of 7.5 pc bioethanol for the Otto-motor powered vehicles and 7 pc share of biodiesel for the "Diesels". If these requirements are not met the fuel producers will face penalty fines which they will transfer to the consumers, of course.
The introduction of E10 in Germany was a disaster. The federal info campaign in favor of E10 usage hasn't been able to convince the German car-drivers to the day. Albeit generally introduced at the pumps, the consumers with "older" vehicles have shunned this ethanol mixture with RON 95 ('called Super E10') almost totally; they will rather gas up with the more expensive (Super E5 Plus 98) if the cheaper E5 Super 95 isn't availble.
Well, new cars can "devour" this eco-stuff E10 easily. But even in this fleet, the consumers are hesitant and generally gas up the more expensive stuff (+4 eurocents per liter = 18.5 US-cents per gallon) that only contains 5 % EPV, just for being on the safe side.
What makes consumers angry at the pumps makes farmers happy who convert their "natural nutrition fields" to "raw fuel" production which is heavily subsidized, and, thanks to the climate hysteria, the state incentives have been extraordinarily welcomed by many, many former food producers who are now regarding themselves as important climate protectors.
Now, nature strikes back. Bad harvest prospects for major global food producers make this insanity of "fuel from food" obvious.
Blabbering about the 'positive' CO2 balance of biofuels is one issue of many in terms of reducing climate-relevant gases.
The major issue should be the affordable and satisfactory supply of nutrition, or am I so wrong?
Niebel has also seen the sticking point. Due to his being closer to the problem as Federal Foreign Aid Minister, he is amplifying the voices of hungry people in despair.
The American people have to cope with E15 fuel.
Oh my, considering the gloomy prospects of this year's harvesting seasons in the United States and the current gas prices at the pumps, I am quite able to imagine a retaliatory receipt on Election Day.