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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

European Biofuel Plan Destroying The Planet

The "we must do something now to save the planet" crowd is eating crow in Europe, as the European Commission biofuel plan is falling apart.

As reported by The Independent, Biofuel plan will cause rise in carbon emissions:
Britain's promise to more than double its use of biofuels by 2020 is "significantly" adding to worldwide carbon emissions, the Government admitted yesterday.  Britain is signed up to a European guarantee to source 10 per cent of its transport fuel from renewable sources, such as biofuels, within the next 10 years.

But ministers have said that the policy is proving counter-productive and the greenhouse emissions associated with biofuels are substantially greater than the savings. They are now urging the European Commission to rethink the plan.... 
This is because Europe will need to cultivate an area somewhere between the size of Belgium and the Republic of Ireland with biofuels to meet the target, which can only be done through land conversion – and more controversially, deforestation. The work will be on such a scale that the carbon released from the vegetation, trees and soil will be far greater than those given off by fossil fuels they are designed to replace.
The study, from the Institute for European Environmental Policy, found that far from being 35 to 50 per cent less polluting, as required by the European Directive, the extra biofuels will be twice as bad for the environment.
How is it that all the European climate change experts didn't see this coming?  How is it that none of the European governments questioned this plan?  How could no one could have seen this coming?

Maybe questioning authority is not such a bad thing, particularly when that authority demands environmental political obedience.

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  1. Surprise the global warming zealots did it again, in lieu of fixing the problem they just made it worse creating potential disaster. I am so in shock !

  2. In my opinion the Cult of AGW knew this information and are probably thinking the EU is getting it wrong. They didn't want to convert NEW areas into agriculture/biofuels producing zones they wanted to convert existing farms into biofuel producers. This would reduce the available food which would then out downward pressure on the population which reduce the REAL threat to the planet which is people.

    I know that sounds conspiracy theory like, but put all of their work together and that's what comes up for me.

  3. Stories like these always make me laugh. First off, because it's funny as hell, and secondly, because no one in the AGW crowd will understand the irony.

    Anti-Global Warming Efforts-Saving the world even if it kills us all since 1975!

    Note: arbitrary year arbitrarily chosen.

  4. It's the same with pushing "healthy" cooking oils over cooking with lard. Not only does culitvation of the plants to create these oils cause deforestation and overcultivation of the land, some of them like soy actually have adverse health effects. Not to mention recent studies have shown that saturated fats do NOT lead to heart disease. Make a statement, eat something with lard today. Watch out for the Sharia cops though, it is prohibited under their law. This also goes with what Dave just mentioned. The left is trying to decrease poplulation. Fat is a luxury in countries where people have known starvation, but here we get this low fat crap shoved down our throat everyday. I love by the Amish diet, if they would eat it so will I.

  5. I'm glad to see your post. I was reading an article earlier this week about ethanol.

    How ugly do you think Americans will get over the Government adding more of an ethanol ratio to gasoline, when they KNOW it will rust out certain engine parts faster, while lowering the MPG, polluting the air and causing a worldwide food shortage.

    The food shortage has already started in other parts of the world. This is totally irrational.