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Picture essay: The terrible legacy of biofuels

 
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Aurora



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2012 10:13 pm    Post subject: Picture essay: The terrible legacy of biofuels Reply with quote

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The Independent - 19/06/12

As the Rio+20 earth summit gets underway, the world is looking for a magic solution to our environmental problems and to meanwhile reduce poverty but it wont be biofuels.

Once, biofuels were seen as a miraculous, sustainable solution to climate change. But growing evidence shows that the EUs insatiable demand for biofuels to run their cars has led to increased greenhouse gas emissions, rising world food prices, increasing hunger and ruined lives.

As foreign-owned biofuel plantations multiply, more poor people are being pushed off land they have farmed sustainably for years. 8000 hectares of common land has been taken from a community in the Kisarawe region of Tanzania.

A saga of landgrabbing and lost livelihoods is being replicated across Africa and elsewhere in the false name of sustainable energy.

ActionAid is working with affected communities to help them assert their rights and is calling for support for biofuels to end at Rio+20.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2012 10:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Perhaps it's less biofuels that are the problem, than cars.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2012 10:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A world without cars Smile (dreams).

It will happen one day, a question of timing.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2013 9:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

RenewableCandy wrote:
Perhaps it's less biofuels that are the problem, than cars.


That would be the case if it were just for cars the fuel was produced. The UK is about to use massive quantities of biomass in the form of wood products. A report which should by all supporters of wood fired power stations.

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The UK is at the forefront of large-scale industrial bioen- ergy expansionmostly wood burning for electricity. Indus- try plans, if realised, will result in nine times as much wood being burnt for electricity every year as the UK produces annually.


This set to be the bio equivalent of fracking.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2013 5:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Though I'm generally in favour of burning wood for energy, this appals me. We see Drax plus its enormous supply-depot infrastructure fttt while travelling about, and the place is HUGE! I remember back when biomass was first proposed I worked out on the back of an envelope that you'd need an src forets the size of Yorkshire. And then of course over 1/2 that energy is wasted as lukewarm steam.

If it were the only thermal power station in the country (providing backup for a load of renewables and managed demand), and the heat was used (even if only for glasshouses or such), and we actually had a forest the size of Yorkshire somewhere for its sole use, it wouldn't be so bad.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 05, 2013 2:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Condensed version. Look at the pictures on pages 2 and 3. Wood is being pedalled as "renewable", not at this rate it isn't.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 30, 2014 5:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Meanwhile, 3,800 miles away...
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 30, 2014 5:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

RenewableCandy wrote:
Perhaps it's less biofuels that are the problem, than cars.
That's still one level of analysis too low. Bio fuels aren't the problem, cars aren't the problem, Oil isn't even the problem. These things are all symptoms of the problem.

The problem is an already unsustainable 7 plus billion humans and the entirely understandable, but even more unsustainable, desire of three quarters of them to live like the 4th quarter.
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