Tuesday, April 03, 2007

George Monbiot on Environmental Impact of Biofuels

As we saw in Bill's excellent lecture series last year ("What Would Aldo Leopold Think Of Corn Ethanol?"), biofuels, which sounded so lovely, turn out to have worse impact on the planet than burning petroleum.

Sheesh. I have to admit that I bought the premise early on: Cycle carbon, don't dig it out of the ground! Only trouble is that to fuel our appetite for moving people and things around, we'd have to devote so much acreage to fuel production that we'd (a) starve and (b) lay waste to what remains of Earth's ecosystems.

We really need that hydrogen fusion, guys and gals. Or...conservation? Naaa!


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