Rep. Juan Miguel “Mikey” Arroyo has steered the speedy approval of the Renewable Energy bill at the largely pro-administration Lower House. Aside from being the sponsor of this proposed law as chairman of the House Committee on Energy, If this bill gets through Congress, it will be Mikey’s first ever major law passed as Congressman.
The Renewable Energy Bill, granting tax and other economic incentives to investors in clean energy ventures. This proposed law will, among other things, create a trust fund to finance the research and development as well as the promotion of renewable energy projects in our country. It will bankroll a National Renewable Energy Program by financing R & D projects aimed at promoting the use of renewable energy systems, encouraging waste-to-energy technologies, among others.
Bio-fuels or the so-called alternative fuels refer to feedstocks like jathropa, sugarcane, algae or seaweeds, and other agriculture crops where oil could be extracted. However, its implications to food security has placed the promotion of bio-fuels under serious review amid the rising incidence of food shortage that pushed prices higher.
In this Mikey’s bill turning green,Our agriculture is caught in a tug of-war between biodiesel and foods,Is it more important to fill up the Ferrari’s tank of the elite or feed the hungry stomach of poor peasant?
This is a sign of a coming agricultural transformation and a country’s economic shift.Ever since our ancestors in the remote country side first figured out how to plant rice,grow camote and malungay,their crops have been used mainly to feed people and kambing.But now that’s changing in response to the high price of oil.The consequences, while still uncertain, are impossible to ignore, which involve a switch to still-unproven energy crops, replacing food consumption of gasoline with biofuels would take at least several million more hectares of country’s cropland. Meeting Mikey’sGreen mandate with biofuel alone isn’t even feasible, because it would mean an additional million acres of jatropa plantation instead of crops for human consumption. Bioenergy threatens to eclipse food, livestock feed, and all other uses agricultural farms.
Whether this is good or bad, Mickey’s bill is a coming of epic competition between rich people with automobiles and the majority of country’s poorest people, and that shortages and higher food prices will lead to starvation and urban riots. I don’t think Philippines is ready for this.This is technology gone mad a lot could go wrong along the way. Methods to turn the cellulose from prairie grass into fuel may be hard to scale up. A host of unintended consequences could appear. And if the price of oil drops significantly, the whole biofuels bandwagon could come to a shuddering halt.It does not need a genuis matik-matik to figure it out but a simple one plus one,biofuel energy production could divert agricultural production away from food crops in our country leading to a massive starvation.
Mickey’s Green Idea to put cheap price of biofuel on his Ferrari is squandering the people’s money,He think that it’s his Mamasitas money, would think it’s all hers to spend any way she wants.This money come from a surfeit of EVAT collections.If Mickey want to lower the price of diesel and gasoline, why not get rid of that accursed EVAT, thereby reducing more dramatically the prices of fuel and food commodities.