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I saw a news report today that stated to production of bio fuel from corn produces more greenhouse gasses than simply using oil based fuel and the redirection of the corn etc is pushing up food costs and taking the food out of poorer countries inhabitants mouths.Just shows that some miracle solutions are far worse than the status quo.

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  • Location: frogmore south devon
  • Location: frogmore south devon

    and tonight they said that there is more pollution created in the manufacture of bio fuel than the pollution that comes from a gallon of petrol

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  • Location: Western Isle of Wight
  • Weather Preferences: Snow, Storm, anything loud and dramatic.
  • Location: Western Isle of Wight

    Not all bio fuels are in the same category...

    Distilling garden, farm and forest waste to produce ethanol and alcohol for use in turbines and other engines is V Good.

    Its a pity that the government does not remind people of this :)

    In one mouthful everybody is slated and damage is done to people who can help.

    Pitiful.

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  • Location: frogmore south devon
  • Location: frogmore south devon
    Not all bio fuels are in the same category...

    Distilling garden, farm and forest waste to produce ethanol and alcohol for use in turbines and other engines is V Good.

    Its a pity that the government does not remind people of this :)

    In one mouthful everybody is slated and damage is done to people who can help.

    Pitiful.

    should have said that it's bio thats made from maize

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  • Location: Cheddar Valley, 20mtrs asl
  • Weather Preferences: Snow and lots of it or warm and sunny, no mediocre dross
  • Location: Cheddar Valley, 20mtrs asl

    Here' a leaked, but unpublished report which explores how expensive bio fuels are too:

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20080704/ts_af...ldbankusbritain

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    Here' a leaked, but unpublished report which explores how expensive bio fuels are too:

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20080704/ts_af...ldbankusbritain

    That's an interesting report jethro,if fuel consuption rises and bio fuel production is increased to make up the shortfall in oil(vehicle use/ ownership in the USA alone expected to rise by 40% by I believe by 2050)the world will starve.I fear it will in the end will result in richer countries saying pull up the ladder and sod the rest purely for self preservation.

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  • Location: on A50 Staffs/Derbys border 151m/495ft
  • Location: on A50 Staffs/Derbys border 151m/495ft
    Not all bio fuels are in the same category...

    Distilling garden, farm and forest waste to produce ethanol and alcohol for use in turbines and other engines is V Good.

    Its a pity that the government does not remind people of this :o

    In one mouthful everybody is slated and damage is done to people who can help.

    Pitiful.

    Isn't it the ethanol that produces 20% more CO2? People need to carry out a full cost benefit analysis on these PC panaceas. I wonder if the propoganda words "sustainable" and "renewable" will be enough to convince the public about wind power for example ... when they realise that it will put UP everyone's electricity bill.

    If "free" wind is more expensive, everything else probably will be too. If it costs more, it's probably because it's consuming more.

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