Wednesday, February 13, 2008 at 01:12AM
It is a change to see that not everyone is totally convinced that Biofuels are the solution to a clean environment.
In the mail bag today we were alerted to this article in the Environmental section of The New York Times entitled: “Biofuels Deemed a Greenhouse threat”
The article is well worth a read if you can find the time to read it. Here is a short extract to wet your appetite:
Together the two studies offer sweeping conclusions: It does not matter if it is rain forest or scrub land that is cleared, the greenhouse gas contribution is significant. More important, they discovered that, taken globally, the production of almost all biofuels resulted, directly or indirectly, intentionally or not, in new lands being cleared, either for food or fuel.
“When you take this into account, most of the biofuel that people are using or planning to use would probably increase greenhouse gasses substantially,” said Timothy Searchinger, lead author of one of the studies and a researcher in environment and economics at Princeton University. “Previously there’s been an accounting error: land use change has been left out of prior analysis.”
An accounting error! And we thought that accounting errors were the sole domain of the banks.
Have a good one.
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