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Does environmental policy really have anything to do with the environment?

Biofuels switch a mistake, say researchers
August 16, 2007 by Tristan Farrow

Increasing production of biofuels to combat climate change will release between two and nine times more carbon gases over the next 30 years than fossil fuels, according to the first comprehensive analysis of emissions from biofuels.

“Biofuel policy is rushing ahead without understanding the implications,” said Renton Righelato of the World Land Trust, a conservation charity. “It is a mistake in climate change terms to use biofuels.”

Biofuels Produce More Greenhouse Gases Than Oil and Gasoline
September 23, 2007 by Noel Sheppard

Rapeseed and maize biodiesels were calculated to produce up to 70 per cent and 50 per cent more greenhouse gases respectively than fossil fuels. The concerns were raised over the levels of emissions of nitrous oxide, which is 296 times more powerful as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. Scientists found that the use of biofuels released twice as much as nitrous oxide as previously realised. The research team found that 3 to 5 per cent of the nitrogen in fertiliser was converted and emitted. In contrast, the figure used by the International Panel on Climate Change, which assesses the extent and impact of man-made global warming, was 2 per cent. The findings illustrated the importance, the researchers said, of ensuring that measures designed to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions are assessed thoroughly before being hailed as a solution.

OECD warns against biofuels subsidies
September 10, 2007 by Andrew Bounds

Governments need to scrap subsidies for biofuels, as the current rush to support alternative energy sources will lead to surging food prices and the potential destruction of natural habitats….

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“The current push to expand the use of biofuels is creating unsustainable tensions that will disrupt markets without generating significant environmental benefits,” say the authors of the study, a copy of which has been obtained by the Financial Times.

Oops, Biofuels Actually Make Global Warming Worse …
February 8, 2008 by Nathan Burchfiel

AP Whitewashes EPA’s Defiance of Federal Court Ruling on Ethanol Mandate
January 31, 2013 by Tom Blumer

Press-Enabled EPA Issues New Rules Mandating Use of Fuels Which Don’t Exist
February 17, 2013 by Tom Blumer

The Trouble with Biofuels: Costs and Consequences of Expanding Biofuel Use in the United Kingdom
April 2013 by Rob Bailey, Chatham House

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