Green fuels adding almost £10 to the cost of filling up a family car

For how much longer?
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One of the many costs of carbon dioxide paranoia. How long do people want to go on paying, and allowing themselves to be bludgeoned into believing suspect climate theories while struggling to afford to run their own lives?
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Green fuels are adding nearly £10 to the cost of filling up an average family car, according to new analysis that will add more pressure on the Government to scrap their use, says the Daily Telegraph.

Petrol and diesel contain between five and 10 per cent biofuels, made mostly from wheat, maize and used cooking oil, the price of which has shot up since the war in Ukraine, even more than the cost of regular fuel.

As part of the Government’s net zero drive, E10 petrol was made the standard last summer, while B7 diesel was introduced in 2019.

While the price of petrol and diesel has risen in recent months, the cost of biofuels has increased at an even sharper rate.

The price increases mean biofuel adds at least £8.80 to a full tank of diesel in a family car, and £4.40 to a tank of petrol, according to new analysis from NGO Transport and Environment.

The additional cost amounts to 8p a litre on petrol, 50 per cent more than the Government’s recent fuel duty cut.

‘Questionable environmental benefit’

Morgan Jones, an analyst at Transport and Environment said: “Not only is this exacerbating the food crisis, it’s also inflating the cost for drivers – and all for a questionable environmental benefit.

“Pausing the use of crop-based biofuels would be a good start to help reduce fuel costs, but why not turn a pause into something more permanent?”

Boris Johnson was already considering scrapping the mandated use of E10 over concerns that it is adding to the global food crisis by displacing land that could be used to grow crops to feed people. The UK sources around a fifth of the crops for its biofuel from Ukraine.

Land for biofuel for the UK alone could be used to feed around 3.5 million people, according to analysis from the think tank Green Alliance. Halving the amount of biofuel used by the UK, US and EU could free up sufficient grain to replace all exports from Ukraine.

Environmental groups also argue that the use of land for fuel is contributing to deforestation and the loss of species.

The new analysis will add to concerns that the green fuel is adding to the cost of living crisis as petrol and diesel prices reach record highs.

The price of a tank of petrol hit more than £100 this year, prompting warnings of growing forecourt theft and high street losses of millions of pounds.

Full article here.

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July 2, 2022 at 12:09PM

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