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Monday 04/07/14

The IPCC on Biofuels: Good or Bad?
The IPCC report said biofuels can be part of a strategy to reduce carbon emissions, but the report also cites risks from conflicts between using land to grow crops for biofuels and growing crops for food. The report also expressed concern about land-uses changes from biofuels.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 3:56PM CDT 04/07/14 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
Comments (8)
Maybe the question should be "are biofuels better then the standard quo fossil industries?" They are surely not perfect but comparison to fossil and nukes shines a different light. With oil we have tar sands, BP deepwater oil spills, XL pipeline over aquifers, war for oil in the Mid East,,, nukes have 3 Mile Island, Chernobyl, Fukushima melt downs. As for competition for food growing that is more of a political issue, we had just as many staring people when the surpluses were enormous and grain prices cheaper then dirt. Biofuels need to be explored but probably on a local use basis, like making tractor and truck fuels at the farm level.
Posted by Jay Mcginnis at 12:16PM CDT 04/08/14
Maybe the question should be "are biofuels better then the standard quo fossil industries?" They are surely not perfect but comparison to fossil and nukes shines a different light. With oil we have tar sands, BP deepwater oil spills, XL pipeline over aquifers, war for oil in the Mid East,,, nukes have 3 Mile Island, Chernobyl, Fukushima melt downs. As for competition for food growing that is more of a political issue, we had just as many staring people when the surpluses were enormous and grain prices cheaper then dirt. Biofuels need to be explored but probably on a local use basis, like making tractor and truck fuels at the farm level.
Posted by Jay Mcginnis at 6:25AM CDT 04/09/14
Isn't the total crop land use for biofuels something like only 3 or 4 % worldwide? Much of that is in the U.S. where total planted acres has dropped over the last 30 years and we currently sit atop significant corn surplus. Perhaps the IPCC should spend its time figuring out when we will all scorch from global warming and leave ag issues to the better informed.
Posted by Curt Zingula at 7:00AM CDT 04/09/14
What has been far worse then biofuels has been suburbia, it has taken MILLIONS of farm acres and transformed them into paved over shopping malls and ticky tack houses where only travel by gas gussling vehicles make living there possible. Suburbia is a guaranteed failure producing huge amounts of CO2, arable land destruction, water waste and a huge eye sore. Lets stop our denial and get to the real elephant in the room! Suburbia took huge energy and resources to create and even more to sustain!
Posted by Jay Mcginnis at 7:49AM CDT 04/09/14
Great comments - now what do we do? It seems that agriculture is the focus these days of many governmental agencies and the non-farming public which makes you wonder what we did wrong in their eyes? Any answers.
Posted by John Finley at 8:18AM CDT 04/09/14
United Nations IPCC is the full and proper name for this group of thieving collection of dictators whose soul goal is to raid the U.S. treasury on some goofy idea based on a computer model rigged to get the results they want Obama is dying to get a carbon tax then he will control your health care and anything touched by oil, which is almost everything.
Posted by GORDON KEYES at 9:58AM CDT 04/09/14
Good one, Jay. Many heated garages are now larger and warmer than the house I grew up in.
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 6:32AM CDT 04/12/14
Solar Panels and Wind Turbines, great our electricity now is supposed to depend on the weather!
Posted by GORDON KEYES at 2:36PM CDT 04/12/14
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