Fuel for Nought

According to this Guardian piece by George Monbiot (via the Forest Conservation Portal via Glen Barry’s Earth Blog), our current focus on biofuels as an immediate means of slowing carbon emissions could present a “humanitarian and environmental disaster.” Monbiot makes some strong arguments, and given our association of agriculture with monoculture/”corporate farming,” he could well be right. I have to wonder, though, if done on a smaller, more local scale, and not as a permanent solution, if biofuels couldn’t be the stop-gap we need as we move towards more renewable and less harmful, even non-harmful, forms of energy.

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