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Europe's move to biofuels threatens rainforest

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Europe's dash for biofuels could accelerate the destruction of tropical rainforests, the European Commission admitted on Thursday.

The EU's executive arm said that the 27-member bloc's decision to increase tenfold its consumption of vehicle fuel made from crops by 2020 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions would increase the pressure on virgin land, especially in Asia.

However, it said it was working on laying down minimum standards for sustainable fuels.

Link: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18332282

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The Toyota Star was bleeding the other day that ethanol will result in rising grain prices which will hit the poor. The truth is that any rapid change in a different direction is going to cause pain. Wait until the cost of mercury shoots through the roof and the new bulbs get expensive!

I have great confidence in the ingenuity of humans and of technology in general, but it will be baby steps, not a giant leap. However, I do think it important that we do start with some baby steps now, before some lunatic in the Middle East (or Beijing) forces it on us!

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Chicken little much?

What's the one thing Russia can produce more than just about any country in the world? Grain. There is no need to go to the rainforest areas.

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At the rate Russia's population is imploding, they won't be able to harvest their wheat in 10 years! Australia's wheat is getting decimated. Brazil has sunshine all year round; hence their push on can ethanol.

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