Skip to comments.Biofuels do more harm than good, UN warns
Posted on 03/24/2014 4:57:32 PM PDT by QT3.14
The United Nations will officially warn that growing crops to make green biofuel harms the environment and drives up food prices, The Telegraph can disclose.
A leaked draft of a UN report condemns the widespread use of biofuels made from crops as a replacement for petrol and diesel. It says that biofuels, rather than combating the effects of global warming, could make them worse.
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Take that, US enviroweenies.
This was obvious from the start.
Wow, I actually agree with the UN on something!
Actually, I think this reeks of oil company pr efforts. The UN is a wholly owned subsidiary of the 1% just as the US congress is.
Iowa is the 1st primary state. If a candidate loses badly there, it’s an uphill challenge.
My guess is they will have all the presidential candidates lined up to stand behind their corn subsidies.
The best biofuel is made from algae. It not only consumes carbon and nitrous oxides, but then is a pretty easy to process into biodiesel. First squeeze out the oil, then mix it with ethanol in the presence of a lye catalyst. Filter, then add 1% petroleum diesel as a preservative.
I didn't even buy corn on the cob this year. And I can hardly remember the last time I had a good steak.
I am becoming a vegetarian . . and not by choice. I cast furtive longing looks at the meat aisle until the prices come into focus and I trudge on.
When are people going to realize that environmentalists do not care about the environment. They care about how being an environmentalist makes them feel and how it can be used to further the socialist agenda.
OMG! I was just hit by a flying pig!
“The best biofuel is made from algae. It not only consumes carbon and nitrous oxides, but then is a pretty easy to process into biodiesel. First squeeze out the oil, then mix it with ethanol in the presence of a lye catalyst. Filter, then add 1% petroleum diesel as a preservative.”
Agree. And, there is a huge dead zone of the stuff out in the Gulf just south of the Mississippi River estuary. I’ve been wondering for some time why this stuff isn’t being harvested.
...drives up food prices...No it doesn't, $100 a barrel oil maintains high food prices, along with the price of pretty much everything else. Any nation that can't feed itself has a leftist gov't, or a regime that is corrupt in some other way, and guess what, the sooner these supposedly starving millions starve to death, the sooner their hunger problem will vanish. That would be a hard-hearted thing to say, but it isn't because food costs have nothing to do with starvation. Starvation results from policies of politicians who don't answer to us.
Not all algae are equal. There are just a few select types whose oil content is around 50% or better.
I prefer 20% biodiesel in my F250. The mileage went up about 3% when I switched, and I worry a lot less about my fuel pump and injectors knowing how much more lubricity biodiesel has.
And the fuel doesn’t stink up my hands and clothes.
Duh! Takes tax subsidies and government edicts to keep this do gooder hoax jammed down our throats. Vote it out of existence.
I have been opposed to ethanol from the start. I just don’t like the idea of having the production of fuel compete with the production of bourbon.
Bought and paid for by Oil Industry worldwide
Nobody has yet to die for a gallon of ethanol...
Even though farming has become much more profitable in recent years (2014 may be the turnaround), very few farmers have enough money to play the markets. Most use futures markets as a required tool for marketing their crops.
Using futures as a tool is very different than playing the market, as the contracts are based on actual crop in the bin, or the estimated actual crop to be harvested.
Your farmer friend may be one of the few very wealthy who can afford to lose money in the commodity markets.
Iowa does not have a presidential primary, only a casual, non-binding preference poll during local party meetings. No candidate gets anything for winning that straw vote.
Of course it’s a bad idea, but the market should decide that, not the UN.
“..Ive been wondering for some time why this stuff isnt being harvested.”
The EPA & a half dozen other federal agencies are just waiting for someone to try.
Yep... I’m having to rethink everything now... LOL
Death to bio-fuel promoters!!! Earf destroyers must die.
No S*_¥ Sherlock
That’s been the aurgument about ethanol bio-crap from the start!
Oh wait, is this satire?!/S
No candidate gets anything for winning that straw vote.
You’re correct. It’s not a primary. It’s a caucus.
The candidates do get something out of winning the Iowa causus. They win there and their candidacy gains momentum. Iowa and New Hampshire have more say about who our presidential nominees are going to be than any other states. In fact, it is usually long decided before I ever get a chance to cast my vote.
“..Ive been wondering for some time why this stuff isnt being harvested.
“The EPA & a half dozen other federal agencies are just waiting for someone to try.”
Do you mean as “better not or you will be arrested”? Or, as “good, we encourage you to do this”?
We’ve been pointing this out for years here at Free Republic. Glad to see the UN catching up.
“Do you mean as better not or you will be arrested? Or, as good, we encourage you to do this?”
I mean as “better not or you will be arrested”. I’m sure the enviros have identified some endangered plankton out there.
“I mean as better not or you will be arrested. Im sure the enviros have identified some endangered plankton out there.”
You’re probably right. Those whack jobs won’t be satisfied till we are all riding bicycles and using outhouses. Wish we would regain both houses with bullet proof majorities and get POTUS too. And dissolve the EPA. But, guess I’m smoking rope, metaphorically speaking, lol !
So, based on what kind of fake hype the MSM indulges in, Iowa neighborhood meetings should be cancelled? Maybe the Koch brothers and Sheldon Adelson should be prevented from making campaign contributions because there’s plenty of fake hype there too.
Let’s just go to a single-day nationwide primary where no candidate without $20 million before the process starts has a chance to be heard. That’ll show those GOP-Eers!
Exactly. We need to be consistent. It is government intervention that causes the problem. The market kills bad ideas pretty quickly and effectively. If a bad idea can be fixed and improved the market does that as well.
Correct. Scarcity is the steady state of nature. Human beings solve that via free market transactions. Shortages are caused by government.
Yes. We know. We brought that up when idiots first started talking about using food for fuel.
Does no one value common sense any more?
Lets just go to a single-day nationwide primary where no candidate without $20 million before the process starts has a chance to be heard. Thatll show those GOP-Eers!
I recently saw a list that Adelson was narrowing down on and just about got ill. He’s targeting “electable” establishment guys like Jeb Bush? Jeb? A Bush doesn’t have a chance to be elected again for at least 20 years.
The only sustainable economy is one based on surplus — the alternative being rationing, price-fixing, five year plans, and other single party police state tactics.
While I do not wish to argue with such a distinguished gentlemen, the “surplus” error causes great harm to the understanding of economics and the conservative (classical liberal) cause.
The only sustainable economy is one that allows individuals to trade freely according to their preferences. Surpluses are not needed. Trade is not a zero-sum game.
See here: http://www.econtalk.org/archives/2008/10/munger_on_middl.html Take a look at the highlights on that page at 8:27 for the story partially and relevant comment: “Insight: by definition the amount of stuff in the camp is fixed. All trading does is rearrange it. By definition, the quantity of material is zero-sum. If anything it gets smaller by a tiny bit by friction. On the surface, trading is a waste of time, moving stuff around. Yet every person traded in hopes of improving their lot.”
Further information is contained in the link below.
You will very much enjoy the story, its economic insights and, given the history from WW2 it might be worth a separate post and discussion.
You’ll see that it is preferences coupled with free trade that cause economic benefits. Surpluses aren’t required. Liberals use the “surplus” argument to push all their policies. The love zero sum and we should hate it.
Thanks for the gracious reply and the links!
Yup. And that's why we have that Ethanol crap ruining our engines.
NOTHING is as GREEN as a gallon of GASOLINE!!!
Honda is recalling lots of minivans due to a part in the fuel system that has corroded, perhaps? Makes me wonder if ethanol did that damage. We only put REAL gas in our vehicles. Can’t stand that ethanol crap.
Finding real 100% gasoline is a chore due to EPA regional mandates.
Yes, in many states it is tough. Try the pure gas website. It isn’t always up to date, but it gives a listing of places that sell real gas in the various states. In some states, people might have to go to an airport or a marina to find real gas. We are fortunate here. Several stations sell it.