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3/24    Oops, biofuels are worse re greenhouse gasses
        http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2008/03/24/ap4806595.html
        http://online.wsj.com/article/SB120631198956758087.html?mod=googlenews_wsj
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LONDON - The British government's top environment scientist warned Monday that plans to make all the country's cars run partly on biofuels could actually harm the environment. Starting next month, all vehicle fuel sold in Britain will have to be at least 25 percent biofuel, a level due to rise to 5 percent by 2010. The move is intended to cut emissions of greenhouse gases caused by burning fossil fuels like oil. But Environment Department science adviser Robert Watson said some biofuels may not be environmentally sustainable. He called for the policy change to be postponed until a review of their impact is completed. Watson said that "while some sources of biofuels do appear to be potentially sustainable from an environmental point of view, others certainly are not." "It would obviously be totally insane if we had a policy to try and reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the use of biofuels that's actually leading to an increase in the greenhouse gases from biofuels," Watson told British Broadcasting Corp. "The current policy potentially has drawbacks, there's no question," he added. Backers of biofuels such as ethanol made from plants say they are a green alternative to traditional energy sources. But critics say forests and food crops are being razed so land can be turned over to biofuels. Environmental groups including Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth called on the government Monday to halt its biofuel plan, saying "there is a very real risk that (it) will make climate change worse, not better." In January, Parliament's environmental audit committee called Britain's biofuels policy "reckless" and said the government should stop promoting their production.
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Autos Main As Biofuels Catch On, Next Task Is to Deal With Environmental, Economic Impact By Patrick Barta Word Count: 914 | Companies Featured in This Article: Exxon Mobil The world's economy is acquiring a new energy addiction: biofuels. Crop-based fuels such as ethanol and biodiesel are quietly becoming a crucial component of the global energy supply, despite growing concerns about their impact on the environment and world food prices. Biofuels production is rising rapidly, while other fuel sources are failing to keep pace with demand. As a result, biofuels are making up a larger portion of the world's energy-supply gap than many analysts expected. That means the debate over biofuels probably will shift from whether they are good or bad to the more difficult question of how to ...