Biofuel Plan 'Genocidal'
April 4, 2007 by NewsMax
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Convalescing Cuban leader Fidel Castro blasted
U.S. President George W. Bush's biofuel plan as
"genocidal" in an editorial on Wednesday, saying
it would worsen global hunger.
The column published as "Reflections of the
Commander in Chief" in the ruling Communist Party
newspaper Granma was the second in a week by
Castro attacking Bush's proposals to increase the
use of foodstuffs like corn for fuel to run cars.
It was the latest sign the 80-year-old
revolutionary who has not appeared in public since
undergoing surgery eight months ago is feeling
better and keeping abreast of world affairs.
Unable to give speeches, the formerly verbose
Castro has taken up the pen to attack his
ideological nemesis, the U.S. government, focusing
on the Bush administration's plan to increase fuel
production from renewable crops instead of oil.
Ethanol production topped the agenda at Bush's
meeting with Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula
da Silva at Camp David last week. The United
States and Brazil are the world's top producers of
"At Camp David, Bush declared his intention to
apply this formula on a world scale, which means
none other than the internationalization of
genocide," Castro wrote.
Dozens of nations do not have oil and cannot
produce corn or other grains to make ethanol
because they lack water, he said. The surge in
demand for corn will push up grain prices, while
the threat of a U.S. invasion of Iran is keeping
oil prices high, Castro wrote.
"Where will the poor nations of the Third World
get the minimum resources to survive?" he asked.
The column shed no new light on the health of
Castro, who temporarily handed over power to his
brother Raul on July 31 following emergency
surgery to stop intestinal bleeding. Cuban
officials say he is recovering well, but it is not
known when or if he will resume the presidency.
Brazil has been making ethanol, a gasoline
alternative, from sugar cane and running cars on
it for three decades, but the United States became
the world's biggest ethanol producer last year
after Bush said the country was "addicted to oil."
World corn prices rocketed. The Bush
administration has proposed cutting U.S. gasoline
consumption by 20 percent by 2017, mostly by
increasing the use of fuels such as ethanol.
© Reuters 2007.