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Is Biofuel Craze A Mirage Posted By: Tom Kelly

March 12, 2014 by  
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In September 2007, Lewis Smith, Environment Reporter for Times Online, warned us that we may need to jump off the biofuel bandwagon. Calculation showed that rapeseed and maize biodiesels produced up to 50-70% more greenhouse gases than fossil fuels. Maize, is the main crop being used to create biofuels in the US; rapeseed in the main crop in Europe.

As published in the journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, a team of research scientists from Britain, US and Germany found that the use of biofuels released twice as much nitrous oxide as what was thought previously. And nitrous oxide is 296 times more powerful as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide!

Is the biofuel answer to global warming an extravagant mirage?

Other problems arise with the advent of huge production of crops to create biofuels.

Deforestation of our rainforests and other lands to provide enough space is a big one. We face more deforestation in Brazil. The environmental group, Friends of the Earth, have already determined that almost 90% of deforestation in Malaysia between 1985 and 2000 was done to create palm oil plantations, palm oil being a cheap means of producing biofuel. cart forklifts maintenance golf desulfator money 12 volt 36 6 electric electricity current negativ

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