Posts Tagged ‘biofuels disaster’

The Ethics of Biofuels

Friday, August 5th, 2011

Source:  CO2 Science

In a Policy Forum article in Science, Buyx and Tait (2011) say that “climate change is predicted to impose increasing harms, in particular on those most disadvantaged,” and they go on to state, in their very next sentence, that “thus, climate change mitigation is a vital common good.”

With this declaration as the starting point of their discussion, the two academics approvingly note that “mandatory targets for introduction and blending of biofuels have been introduced” by both the European Union and the United States, even though, as they acknowledge “there are serious concerns about negative effects on food security, the environment, and the rights of farmers and landholders in developing countries,” after which — using various derivatives of the word ethics some 20-plus times — they strive to make the production and use of biofuels as palliative as possible. But have they not put the cart before the horse in terms of the ethics of biofuels? (more…)

10 Problems with Ethanol

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Source:  BestCollegesonline

The ongoing turmoil in the Middle East has resulted in higher gas prices, inconveniencing Americans who are already attempting to pick up the pieces following the recent economic downturn. In recent years, ethanol has become a popular alternative to gasoline because of its low cost and ability to burn cleanly. However, with the government’s quest to increase ethanol production and reduce our dependence on oil, the latter of which is a necessary goal, many of ethanol’s flaws have been overlooked. Whether you’re concerned for the environment or just a college kid on a budget, you should first consider the following 10 reasons to steer away from the corn-based fuel before making it a regular purchase. (more…)

Obama, EPA, environmental lobby responsible for low oil reserves

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Source:  CFACT

by Paul Driessen

President Obama and his out of control EPA tell us our oil reserves are running dry. A simple change of polices and attitudes are all that are required to mulitply U.S. reserves and make us less dependent on foreign oil.

President Obama’s speeches sum up his views on oil, natural gas, and energy prices in just 44 words.

“We have less than 2 percent of the world’s oil reserves. We’re running out of places to drill. We’re running out of oil. We need to end our $4 billion in annual taxpayer subsidies to oil companies. We need to invest in clean, renewable energy.”

As Congressman Joe Wilson would say, “That’s a lie!” Or at least a deliberate distortion of facts. (more…)

Natural Gas Debate

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Source: The Economist

by Robert Bryce

This house believes that natural gas will do more than renewables to limit the world’s carbon emissions.

Implicit in the arguments put forward by Steve Sawyer are assumptions that governments have infinite supplies of money and land. They do not.

Governments around the world are cutting renewable subsidies. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is cutting its 35% renewables goal because it has no science or “economic means testing” to support it. Spain and Germany are slashing solar subsidies. Meanwhile, Europol is investigating a €5 billion fraud within the EU’s Emission Trading System.

Were we debating energy subsidies, I would eagerly argue for elimination. Let power sources compete, fair field, no favour. Renewable-energy lobbyists will not agree because their industry depends on taxpayer cash. While the $500 billion-700 billion in hydrocarbon subsidies cited by Mr Sawyer is notable and tawdry, the essential question is the rate of subsidisation. And that is where the fiscal foolishness—and even the immorality—of much of the renewables parade stands naked. (more…)