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UK to Slow Expansion of Biofuels

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posted on Jul, 7 2008 @ 12:49 PM
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UK to Slow Expansion of Biofuels


news.bbc.co.uk

The UK is to slow its adoption of biofuels, Transport Secretary Ruth Kelly has told the House of Commons.

She said that while biofuels had the potential to cut carbon emissions there were "increasing questions" about them.

The uncontrolled expansion of biofuels might actually contribute to higher food prices and see the destruction of rainforests, she said...

...Her statement came on the day the World Bank president, Robert Zoellick, called for reform of biofuel policies in rich countries...
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posted on Jul, 7 2008 @ 12:49 PM
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It looks like the UK government is now taking a rational long-term view on this issue. There seems to be a growing consensus that development of biofuels as a supplement to subterranean oil had far more to do with short-term farming profits than formulation of carefully considered sustainable agriculture policies around the world.

This decision seems to have been taken after careful consideration of the impact of the biofuels business on more than the profits of large businesses. I for one applaud the fact that the impact of this issue on developing countries has been given due weight:


...It [the World Bank] fears that current policies could see grain prices in the EU rise by 15%, sugar by 7% and oil seed by 50%, while millions more people in other parts of the world could be pushed into poverty...

Source: news.bbc.co.uk...

At the same time this is clearly not a knee-jerk reaction to widespread concerns: it is a measured response:


...Prof Gallagher said the figures did not take into account the impact of climate change on poor people if biofuels were not introduced, or the help they could provide to rural economies or the fluctuating oil price.

His review says biofuel production should be focused on idle and marginal land and the use of so-called second generation biofuels, which use waste parts of plants for energy to avoid land use change and reduce competition with food production.

Source: news.bbc.co.uk...

Serious as the issue of oil prices is, the supply of affordable food across the globe must surely take precedence.




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