The Biofuel Fad

The U.N. recently published a report on the growing biofuel market, and the dangers associated with it. I’m actually impressed with them on the report and the warnings, but I’m also a realist, and I know that it won’t amount to much. Here in the United States, our government is spending a lot of effort in promoting biofuel usage, and of course the people on America are sheep when it comes to the latest fad. I am in favor of biofuels in the sense of global warming reduction. The catch is, as we grow more crops used in biofuels, we are destroying landscapes and increasing the cost of goods. I read an article recently, about how we are already seeing an increase in the cost of foods, due to the increasing market for corn and other items used in biofuels.

Think about it like this, as the market for these items increases, the cost goes up. The people who feed chickens and other animals with these crops, have to pay more, in turn having to charge more for their products, which ends up coming out of the consumers pocket. Also think about countries such as south east Asia, who already are beginning to cut down forests and planting palms used for palm oil.

I’d like to ask, what ever happened to the electric car? Tesla Motors has developed a car that can go 200 miles on a charge. For those of you who haven’t seen, the movie Who Killed the Electric Car, GM manufactured an electric car that was well received and viable. Yet, they later recalled and trashed. Although most of our electric energy comes from coal in the United States, we do have renewable resources, such as solar, wind, and wave power.

I’m still driving a gas powered low fuel efficient vehicle. My hope is when it comes time for a replacement I can look at electric, but don’t expect that to happen in my lifetime. What I will probably end up with is something that runs on biodiesel. Even though unfortunately, all it’s really doing is solving one problem by creating another.

Oh, and I guess I should talk hybrids because they are the other fad these days. It’s simple, they don’t really solve any problems. Yes they use less fuel but in the end, they still burn gas. Prolonging a problem through reduced fuel consumption doesn’t solve the problem.