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EU Parliament Bursts Misguided Biofuel Bubble


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EU Parliament Bursts Misguided Biofuel Bubble

Sean Buchanan, IPS News

BRUSSELS - Ten years of debate in the European Union over the detrimental effects of the demand for biofuels for transport on food prices, hunger, forest destruction, land consumption and climate change have come to an end.

The European Parliament finally agreed new E.U. laws on Apr. 28 to limit the use of crop-based biofuels, setting a limit on the quantity of biofuels that can be used to meet E.U. energy targets.


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Of the beginning of the end, maybe! It's a step in the right direction, and something to celebrate. It's too much to ask that they (and other countries) go directly to a sensible policy in which biofuels are a small, local answer to particular needs. Much more likely is a tiny step that reverses the bad momentum, followed by more small steps...though whether that will happen in the current ubercapitalist paradigm has yet to be seen.


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Gasoline with 10% ethanol isn't good for 2cycle engines anyway.
But who eats field corn (other than me)? Very few people make hominy anymore. These farmers growing this stuff just need to find something else to grow. I recommend sweet potatoes, yum... Or a better (read:traditional) variety of corn for making hominy.