Mar 16, 2010

More harm from green fuels than fossil fuels

From a London times report:

Using fossil fuel in vehicles is better for the environment than so-called green fuels made from crops, according to a government study.

The findings show that the Department for Transport’s target for raising the level of biofuel in all fuel sold in Britain will result in millions of acres of forest being logged or burnt down and converted to plantations.

The study, likely to force a review of the target, concludes that some of the most commonly-used biofuel crops fail to meet the minimum sustainability standard set by the European Commission.

In this country Congress has blocked nearly all new oil exploration in the Gulf of Mexico as well as oil shale drilling in the Rocky Mountain states.

There was a big push to promote E85 fuel (85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline) a couple of years ago. It must have “bombed.” When was the last time you saw ads promoting E85?

Link to the story London Times story here.