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2008/02/18

And More FUD

A NYTimes piece with more FUD about biofuels and greenhouse gas pollution:
"Almost all biofuels used today cause more greenhouse gas emissions than conventional fuels if the full emissions costs of producing these “green” fuels are taken into account, two studies being published Thursday have concluded..."

“When you take this into account, most of the biofuel that people are using or planning to use would probably increase greenhouse gasses substantially,” said Timothy Searchinger, lead author of one of the studies and a researcher in environment and economics at Princeton University. “Previously there’s been an accounting error: land use change has been left out of prior analysis.”
There's also been some discussion about the issue in the comments of another post here on the biodiesel blog.

5 comments:

  1. Eric,

    I'm looking for an outlet for some pieces I'll be writing related to biodiesel and bio-fuel in general. They are op-ed pieces (for lack of better description) and will range from 500 to 1500 words. You're welcome to publish them on your blog as long as I get a by-line and link-back. Let me know if you're interested. The first piece can be found at; http://0182eb9.netsolhost.com/blog2/
    My main website is; http://rebeldiesel.com

    I can be reached at; brett@rebeldiesel.com

    Thanks

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  2. I don't have a lot of trust in what the government tells us is "green" or "not green." I've seen them in action. I have also witnessed a lot of censorship on the web. For example, using a mix of 2 to 5 percent biodiesel can increase your mileage by 20-30%, which was all over the web a few years ago, and now you can't find any mention of it anywhere. It works. Fill up in Missouri (2% biodiesel is required by law). Normally I get about 16 mpg, except in Missouri, where I get about 19.5. Do the math and you'll see that, if it increases mileage by 20%, using 2% biodiesel, it will decrease the amount of petroleum diesel needed by not the 2% added as biodiesel, but by over 20%. Why is this information censored?

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  3. A great article Eric with legitimate concerns on greenhouse gases. Thanks for posting it!
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    I like what you've got happening here on your blog!
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    Jessica Brock
    Valcent

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  4. Hi,

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    You can use this process to turn Jatropha Oil into Bio Diesel

    http://durbanbiodiesel.blogspot.com/2011/01/how-to-make-bio-diesel-at-home-video.html

    Respect

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