Deforestation diesel – the madness of biofuels

A year ago we wrote in the Bulletin – “Beware of biofuels”. We listed our concerns that such sources of energy are not as green and sustainable as many commentators suggest, with a real threat of re-introducing vast swathes of mono-cropping to developed farm economies such as the UK. Even worse is the likelihood that far from protecting endangered habitats such as the forests of Indonesia or Brazil, biofuels will actually accelerate their decline as trees are cleared for palm oil plantations, sugar cane and vast cereal fields destined for ethanol production. Little wonder then, that in some quarters biofuels are tagged as “deforestation diesel” – as the natural world dies to fuel our driving.

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