Biofuels - a con right now, but the war for supremacy will only gather momentum,

Matthew W. 471°

Biofuels is big business - there's simply no debating that. What we need to do is think how to address the infrastructure/transport/genetic issues surrounding production, rather than screaming 'they're no good'! But we need to get this sorted soon, as methods for production will be too entrenched to change if we wait any longer.

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C Robb W. 429°

Burning food in our cars is unethical in a world of food scarcity and unaffordable basic foodstuffs. Perhaps fuel from algae will one day provide significant fuel but not yet. There are much more simple solutions, we must stop driving and flying so much. This is the low hanging fruit. We need economies that are not dependent upon vast amounts of transport, local economies that encourage self sufficiency. Check out the transition town movement. A gradual shift to electric cars charged by renewables for those few times when driving is really necessary would be next on my list. The technology is there, it's just a matter of will.

Written in June 2008

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