Biofuel policy delayed over food prices
It looks like energy minister Eammon Ryan might be having something of an epiphany with regard to bio-fuels. Harry McGee reports in the paper today that his department has delayed the publication of a policy outline on renewable energy because of concerns about the impact growing food for fuel will have on world food prices.
According to the minister’s spokeswoman the “delay is due to information coming to light and our fuller understanding of the impact of biofuels on food prices and the developing world.” Hmm. Concerns about first generation biofuels are hardly new and I would have thought Eamnon Ryan would have long since factored them into his thinking.