Thursday, September 27, 2007

Biofuel Mania Killing Rain Forests (That’s Really, Really Bad)

If you’re a regular at this blog, you know Pound360 is no fan of biofuel. My problem with it is that, as you would see if you click on that link in the last sentence, it’s not a silver bullet for lowering costs, energy independence or anything. It may be part of a multi-part solution, but a small part.

The bigger problem is that people don’t like complex, mult-part solutions. They like silver bullets. So as people get more attached to biofuel as a solution to all the world’s problems, they will blindly throw themselves off the cliff, then complain in 30 years about how corporations or the government fooled them into doing so.

Anyway, the point of this post is Jane Goodall. Yeah, the gorilla lady.
Reuters reports that she’s raising awareness at the Clinton Global Initiative this week about biofuel’s impact on rain forests. If know the slightest bit about rain forests (their rich biodiversity and how this provides things man needs, but can’t crank out of a factory), you know how insane it is to torch large tracts of rainforest to install a farm.

But that’s exactly what’s happening in Asia, Africa and South America. On those farms, their growing biofuel crops.

But it’s not just biodiversity that’s at stake. “Critics say demand for the fuels has led companies to cut down and burn forests in order to grow the crops, adding to heat-trapping emissions and leading to erosion and stress on ecosystems,” according to the Reuters report.

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