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Consequences Of Biofuel Imports

EDM number 2680 in 2005-06, proposed by Norman Baker on 09/10/2006.

That this House notes that major biofuel producers in the UK intend to exploit palm oil, sugar cane and soya from South-East Asia and South America, whose expansion is leading to the destruction of tropical forests and other highly prized ecosystems; further notes that this destruction is causing massive carbon emissions unaccounted for in many models of biofuel `emissions savings', as well as considerable human rights abuses, and grave threats to biodiversity; further notes that electricity generators are starting to burn palm oil under the Renewables Obligation; believes that it is unacceptable that imported biofuels with the aforementioned impacts are classed and supported as `renewable energy'; further notes in particular recent announcements by the Malaysian and Indonesian governments of further intended forest clearances for palm oil, which can undercut other biodiesel sources; further notes the huge carbon emissions, exceeding all savings of the Kyoto Protocol, from the peat and forest fires in South-East Asia linked to the spread of plantations; therefore calls on the Government to make no further announcements of Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation targets at the present time, and instead to work to end the incentive for deforestation and serious adverse consequences arising from the growing biofuel market; calls for international co-operation on this matter; and further calls on the European Commission not to enter into trade agreements with developing countries that would foster such destructive trade, as is currently feared.

This motion has been signed by a total of 39 MPs.

Norman Baker09/10/2006LewesLiberal DemocratProposed
Rudi Vis09/10/2006Finchley and Golders GreenLabourSeconded
Bob Russell09/10/2006ColchesterLiberal DemocratSeconded
Dai Davies10/10/2006Blaenau GwentIndependentSeconded
Michael Weir10/10/2006AngusScottish National PartySeconded
Andrew George10/10/2006St IvesLiberal DemocratSeconded
Lynne Jones10/10/2006Birmingham, Selly OakLabourSigned
Ann Cryer10/10/2006KeighleyLabourSigned
Peter Bottomley10/10/2006Worthing WestConservativeSigned
Kelvin Hopkins11/10/2006Luton NorthLabourSigned
Martin Caton11/10/2006GowerLabourSigned
Jeremy Corbyn11/10/2006Islington NorthLabourSigned
David Drew11/10/2006StroudLabourSigned
Hywel Francis11/10/2006AberavonLabourSigned
Mike Hancock11/10/2006Portsmouth SouthLiberal DemocratSigned
David Taylor11/10/2006North West LeicestershireLabourSigned
Mark Williams12/10/2006CeredigionLiberal DemocratSigned
John Hemming12/10/2006Birmingham, YardleyLiberal DemocratSigned
John McDonnell12/10/2006Hayes and HarlingtonLabourSigned
Alan Simpson12/10/2006Nottingham SouthLabourSigned
Clive Efford12/10/2006ElthamLabourSigned
Betty Williams16/10/2006ConwyLabourSigned
Lindsay Hoyle17/10/2006ChorleyLabourSigned
Elfyn Llwyd17/10/2006Meirionnydd Nant ConwyPlaid CymruSigned
Annette Brooke17/10/2006Mid Dorset and North PooleLiberal DemocratSigned
Mark Hunter17/10/2006CheadleLiberal DemocratSigned
Mark Lazarowicz18/10/2006Edinburgh North and LeithLabourSigned
Edward O'Hara18/10/2006Knowsley SouthLabourSigned
Brian Jenkins19/10/2006TamworthLabourSigned
Paul Rowen19/10/2006RochdaleLiberal DemocratSigned
Nick Harvey20/10/2006North DevonLiberal DemocratSigned
Tom Brake24/10/2006Carshalton and WallingtonLiberal DemocratSigned
Bill Etherington24/10/2006Sunderland NorthLabourSigned
David Hamilton24/10/2006MidlothianLabourSigned
Hywel Williams25/10/2006CaernarfonPlaid CymruSigned
Adam Price26/10/2006Carmarthen East and DinefwrPlaid CymruSigned
Angus Robertson01/11/2006MorayScottish National PartySigned
Martin Horwood06/11/2006CheltenhamLiberal DemocratSigned
Evan Harris07/11/2006Oxford West and AbingdonLiberal DemocratSigned

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