Yes, but is anyone listening
As you will recall, the official Cuban media have published a number of “editorials” in the past weeks in which the ailing 80-year-old dictator has attacked plans for the mass production of biofuels, such as ethanol.
In truth, Castro used to be a big fan of ethanol as an alternative fuel … until someone whispered to him that US president George W Bush was a strong supporter of the idea, too.
Since then, he has railed against ethanol use, warning in typically apocalyptic style, that growing crops for fuel will result in the death from hunger of hundreds of million, etc, etc.
Now comes a story from the Associated Press in Havana revealing that contrary to what you may have read, the Communist regime is quietly modernising its own ethanol-producing facilities.
According to Conrado Moreno, a member of the Academy of Sciences, 11 of the country’s 17 ethanol refineries are being seriously upgraded to increase the production of ethanol from sugar cane.
Dr Moreno, who has obviously failed to read his copy of Granma carefully, told a conference on alternative fuels that while the refineries currently produced alcohol for use in rum and medications, the upgrade would give Cuba the capacity to “one day produce fuel for cars”.