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Italy's Tremonti Charges Al Gore's Biofuels `Crime Against Humanity'

April 26, 2008 (EIRNS)—Incoming Italian Finance and Treasury Minister Giulio Tremonti yesterday denounced biofuels as "a crime against humanity," and named Al Gore as the main political figure responsible for that crime.

Tremonti made these truthful remarks during a debate on Italian television on the end of globalization and the New Bretton Woods, with current Trade Minister Emma Bonino and Corriere della Sera editor Paolo Mieli. Both Tremonti and Bonino agreed that biofuels are a crime; however, when Bonino said "it was George W. Bush who pushed for that policy," Tremonti replied: "It seems to me that Al Gore is much more responsible for that policy. And by the way, people are important, but more important are ideologies." Tremonti referenced "the head of an environmentalist cult in the United States," giving the impression that he meant Al Gore.

Tremonti also continued his recent campaign on the urgency of calling a New Bretton Woods to establish a new international financial system, an idea recognized internationally as the brainchild of U.S. statesman Lyndon LaRouche.

"At the end of the war, political leaders, not technocrats, gathered together in Bretton Woods. They drafted a system of rules for the entire world. This system has functioned for forty years. There were trade rules, quotas, tariffs, etc. Let me remind you that for forty years, it was forbidden by us to import Japanese cars. Nevertheless, the Japanese industry developed."

What was insane, was to introduce, first in 1995 and then in 2001, radical free-trade rules through the World Trade Organization (WTO), he said. We should have a new Bretton Woods conference. The Mount Washington Hotel is still there; you can see the pictures of the rooms in Google.

Against this, Emma Bonino felt compelled to say that as an EU Commissioner, she had introduced protective tariffs on shoes and electrical engines, in favor of Italian producers, but she went on to push depopulation as a solution to the food crisis, mentioning the "Soft Landing" organization of which she is a part, which calls for reducing the world's population by more than two thirds, to only two billion!

Remarkably, Corriere della Sera editor Paolo Mieli, a British agent, recited a "mea culpa" on globalization, saying that he had been wrong to believe that something good could come out of "unbridled globalization." Now, "I feel that we have an economic 9/11 coming," he said, welcoming the fact that, with Tremonti now becoming Finance and Treasury Minister, this will be the main debate in Italy in the next five years.

Tremonti also used the occasion to relaunch his proposal for "European debt" to finance investments, quoting Alexander Hamilton on how the United States was built through state credit.