The issue is not biofuels or no biofuels, but the right biofuels. Europe\’s governments have signed a commitment ensuring that 10% of the petrol in Europe\’s vehicles in 2020 is made from renewable transport fuels, including biofuels. This will make an important contribution to the EU\’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote security of energy supply. But there is an obvious caveat: biofuels must be an environmental policy in pursuit of an environmental outcome – the most sustainable policy is the only right policy. That is the basis of the European commission\’s January proposals.
A sustainable policy means weighing every expansion of biofuel production against the impact on the crops it displaces or the land-use patterns it changes. Biofuels are no panacea; they have their own environmental costs. Clearing rainforest to grow energy crops would obviously be self-defeating.
Yes, very good Petey boy.
It\’s called a cost benefit analysis.
So why in fuck didn\’t you do one before you made the committment?