September 12, 2007

Seeing the man behind the curtain

From Reuters:
Biofuels may harm more than help
Biofuels, championed for reducing energy reliance, boosting farm revenues and helping fight climate change, may in fact hurt the environment and push up food prices, a study suggested on Tuesday.

In a report on the impact of biofuels, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said biofuels may "offer a cure that is worse than the disease they seek to heal".

"The current push to expand the use of biofuels is creating unsustainable tensions that will disrupt markets without generating significant environmental benefits," the OECD said.

"When acidification, fertilizer use, biodiversity loss and toxicity of agricultural pesticides are taken into account, the overall environmental impacts of ethanol and biodiesel can very easily exceed those of petrol and mineral diesel," it added.

The OECD therefore called on governments to cut their subsidies for the sector and instead encourage research into technologies that would avoid competing for land use with food production.

"Governments should cease to create new mandates for biofuels and investigate ways to phase them out," it said.
One only has to follow the money to see that companies like Archer Daniel Midland are the ones benefiting by this artificial "environmentally friendly" fuel...
Indeed... Posted by DaveH at September 12, 2007 8:36 PM

That article is just silly. The original OECD report was pretty squirrely; and, then, Reuters takes some of IT out of context.

Posted by: Rufus at September 15, 2007 5:18 PM
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