Posts Tagged ‘greed’

Beauty Corruption – Wind Turbine Protest Song by Becky Godlee

August 6, 2008

Becky Godlee, 17, wrote, sings and plays the keyboard in Beauty Corruption, which won the online voting category of the Hertfordshire Songwriters’ competition with more than 3,000 votes.

The piece opposes the plan of Andrew Bott, who wants to install three 390ft (119m) wind turbines in the Beane Valley.

Becky said: “I was just 16 when I wrote the song. I was a bit too young to get involved in all of the meetings and planning so I decided that the best thing I could do was to write a song about how wrong it all was.”

Indian minister attacks biofuels

March 26, 2008
Nice touch Mr. Gore. Starve the poor while you fill your pockets. I know you need lots on cash to pay your hydro bill, being the energy hog that you are. You are “KING of the Scam Artists”.
You keep telling the children about sustainability. Why don’t you let them in on the real plan.
Total population of no more than 2 billion. That means 4 billion have to be removed. So, if people starve because of your greed, so what, those people don’t matter anyway. It only helps to get rid of the extra 4 billion people, right AL
People can’t afford food because you and your friends make a big profit burning the food crops as fuel.
I guess the poor can always eat a bowl of COAL
Indian minister attacks biofuels

P Chidambaram
Greed is overtaking the common good of the world
P Chidambaram

Indian Finance Minister P Chidambaram has said that it is “outrageous” that developed countries are turning food crops into bio fuels. He said that countries like the US were doing so while the world’s poor are struggling with surging food prices.

Delivering a lecture in Singapore, Mr Chidambaram said that using corn and other crops for fuel was a sign of “lopsided priorities”.

He said that such an “uncaring” policy had to be strongly condemned.

The finance minister was also critical of “lax supervision”, which he said had led to the US mortgage crisis and global economic uncertainty.

‘Deprived of food’

Mr Chidambaram said developing economies were shouldering an “enormous burden” from the relentless rise in prices of food and commodities.

He said the situation was worsened by the diversion of food to produce bio fuels in some countries.

Citing the US as an example, he said nearly 20% of corn goes to making bio fuels.

India village family

Mr Chidambaram said there was now a climate of food insecurity

“It is a sign of the lopsided priorities of certain countries that they will resort to measures that will produce fuel at a cheaper cost in order to meet the transport requirements of a section of their population,” Mr Chidambaram said.

He said the pursuit of such policies at a time when many in the world could barely afford to eat was “outrageous and… must be condemned”.

Corn, soybeans, sugar cane and other crops are seen as sources of clean and cheap biofuels.

Correspondents say this results in less grain available for human consumption, which drives up the prices for basic foodstuffs.

The finance minister said that the prices of maize, rice and wheat have at least doubled between 2004 and last month, while commodities such as crude oil and metals have also spiralled in price.

He said that these rises were damaging for countries like India, which subsidises food and fuel.

Mr Chidambaram also said the rise in oil prices from about $30 a barrel in 2004 to above $100 this year is another example of “greed overtaking the common good of the world”.

“Oil producing countries have struck a gold mine. Demand is very high… they think that this is a great time to reap in the profits,” he said.

“I understand that from a commercial point of view, but it’s hurting the world economy.”

This story is from the BBC