It’s pretty simple, mankind is already straining our farmland to grow enough food to feed everyone. People are still starving, food costs continue to rise. Mankind is also extremely dependent on fuel. Other than maybe air and water, i can’t think of something humans consume more of than food and fuel. Filling cars with biofuels would basically group our two most demanded commodities onto one production source. Its preposterous.
So if we’re already using all the land to grow food, where the hell are we going to grow all this corn needed for biofuel? There are billions of cars constantly sucking energy, we’d have to grow more biofuel crops than food crops. The news is already blaming ethanol for some of the recent food price increases, and we’re only using about %5 in cars at best. As well, any farmer will tell you that corn is terrible for depleting the soil’s growing ability. Easy right, we’ll just triple our farmland and quadruple our dependency on fertilizers and chemicals- i suppose there’s a whole lot more rainforest still to be had!
Why not algae? It can be used to make fuel. Greenhouse effect causes increased levels of algae in the oceans, so lets use the algae to create more greenhouse effect. . .Now there’s a sustainable cycle with gusto.
Biofuels are a diversion. Governments are powerless in the face of oil companies, so they pitch an incredibly lame alternative. The public believes the government is actually working on a brave new solution and the oil companies are happy because they’re not stupid like the rest of us, they know biofuels pose no actual threat to their monopoly on energy.
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