The biofuels conundrum
Posted May 14, 2010on:
Airlines are rushing to switch from time tested kerosene-based jet fuel to biofuels at great cost and risk (Lufthansa will start using biofuels on flights by 2012, Bangkok Post, May 11, 2010). They are lured by the riches of the carbon credits they can sell in the emissions trading market. Biofuels have value in the emissions trading market because global warming scientists were pushing biofuels as an antidote for climate change.
When their call was heeded by Asian palm oil growers and they began to plant new palm oil plantations to supply the new biodiesel market thus created, climate scientists made a u-turn on the biofuels idea. Headlines in 2008 proclaimed palm oil as a disaster saying things like “Asia’s growing palm oil farms seen as climate change threat”, “Biofuels are harming developing countries” and “Palm oil may be an ecological disaster”.
So now, since this onslaught on biofuels by climate scientists in 2008, biofuels have lost their previously advertised value as renewable energy that can save the planet. Yet, it still carries billions of Euros in carbon credit value in the emissions trading market set up to save the planet. As things stand today, in 2010, climate science rewards biofuels consumption while at the same time calling for a ban on its production. It is one of many contradictions that have confused, befuddled, and discredited climate scientists and their half baked campaign against carbon dioxide.
Cha-am Jamal, Thailand