27 March, 2007
George Monbiot argues on his Guardian blog today that there should be a five-year freeze on the use of biofuels for transport. Pointing to the environmental and social effects of first-generation biofuels production in developing countries, Monbiot makes the case for a moratorium “on all targets and incentives for biofuels, until a second generation of fuels can be produced for less than it costs to make fuel from palm oil or sugar cane”.
“The reason governments are so enthusiastic about biofuels is that they don’t upset drivers. They appear to reduce the amount of carbon from our cars, without requiring new taxes” says Monbiot.Author : Willy De Backer