Fossil fuels produce less CO2 than biodiesel
Government forcing production of biodiesel which pumps out more CO2 than petrol.
Using biofuel in vehicles may be accelerating the destruction of rainforest and resulting in higher greenhouse gas emissions than burning pure petrol and diesel, a watchdog said yesterday.
The Renewable Fuels Agency also warned that pump prices could rise in April because of the Government’s policy of requiring fuel companies to add biofuel to petrol and diesel. More than 1.3 million hectares of land — twice the area of Devon — was used to grow the 2.7 per cent of Britain’s transport fuel that came from crops last year.
Under the Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation, a growing proportion of biofuel must be added to diesel and petrol. This year fuel must be at least 3.25 per cent biofuel on average. By 2020 the proportion will be 13 per cent………………..
Most companies met part of their biofuel obligation by buying palm oil, one of the cheapest fuels but potentially the most damaging to the environment because of the carbon released when forest is burnt down to create plantations.
Expansion of the industry has made Indonesia the third-largest CO2 emitter after China and the US. A litre of palm oil produced on land converted from Indonesian forest produces roughly three times as much CO2 as ordinary diesel.
Can somebody please explain to me why and how public policy has become so muddle headed and disjointed in the face of this climate change/global warming malarkey? I’d love to know why public policy hasn’t backed innovative inventions that actually do result in lower carbon emissions, and we we continue to build and promote vehicles that run on fossil fuels, surely modern technology can provide good alternatives? I guess the answer to my question revolves around the power and influence of oil companies and states in politically sensitive or unstable regions that have leverage over western economies. Why else should compressed air motors not be running around our streets?
Seriously this biodiesel thing is as clever as wind turbines sat under a high pressure weather system!