Friedrich Nietzsche :-
“I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you”
Bio-fuel (bio fuels or biofuel) may yet do the opposite of that which it is deemed to do. It will neither prevent the price of fossil fuels from rising or reduce emmissions. It could be vastly worse than sticking with coal, gas, diesel or petroleum distillates.
The UK Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation. Announced in 2005, the RTFO is the result of a European directive requiring British fuel suppliers to ensure that 5.75% of vehicle fuels are derived from renewables before the year 2010. Primarily this will start to be achieved in the UK by adding 2.5% biofuel to all petrol and diesel at the pumps from April 2008.
Professor Robert Watson, chief scientific adviser to the United Kingdom’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, questions the environmental sustainability of biofuels. “I think it is now indeed clear that while some sources of biofuels do appear to be potentially sustainable from an environmental point of view, others certainly are not”. He calls for a moratorium on the issue. I call for everyone to wake up. Using arable land to make fuel is as nuts as claiming that plant food is polluting our air and raising global temperatures. We have untold billions of barrels of crude oil in known reserves. OK so some of it will cost more than some portions to extract or refine. So what? The price of a barrel is already 10 times what it was 9 years ago. This just makes a lot of the reserves economically viable. Now.
As there are no pipelines for the delivery and dispersion of bio-fuel, made from what was previously food and raised usually in rural locations, their transportation causes environmental problems. Their use ensures a loss of land for crops, increased deforestation and damage to the biosphere. This will lead to price rises and even famine.
This is madness in so many ways. CO2 has no increased effect on climate above the 20ppmv level. Oil is neither fossil based or running out anytime soon. We have centuries worth of coal even if consumption increases continuously. Don’t even get me started on how large the Earth’s supply of oil shale and sands are.