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Biofuels: Making the climate crisis worse, not better

Agrofuels (biofuels from intensive agriculture) are increasingly being burned as a supposedly 'green' alternative to fossil fuels. However, because of emissions from deforestation and intensive agriculture, they can be at least as damaging to the climate as coal, oil and gas.

Biofuelwatch are currently running their own campaign in support of the demolition of the Didcot Drax power stations, based in Oxford. You can watch their video to find out more, and if you're feeling helpful, you can sign this petition asking governments to halt public funding for the Drax stations.

Scientific consensus over the unreliabilty and danger posed by biofuel burning increases the urgency of this campaign. The carbon intensity of biomass electricity leaves a huge carbon hole in its wake that cannot be ignored. Claims that burning wood is a carbon neutral process as newly planted trees will eventually absorb and store the carbon that is released when wood is burned are shady arguments, too, as they fail to disclose the catch: time. It can take between thirty five to fifty years for new trees planted now to offset the carbon released by harvesting and burning the forests that preceeded them. And time is just what we do not have!

In light of this, it is even possible to argue that burning trees to produce electricity could actually increase carbon emissions compared with fossil fuels. Biofuel burning is not a clean alternative to dirty energy production that it is so commonly pedalled as being, as this RSPB report nicely details. 

Find out more about biofuels and climate change here and find the latest Biofuelwatch report here.

You can also watch this short clip of Biofuel-Watch's Pete Dean speaking at our Time to Act march (07/03/15).

You can also view our past biofuel campaigns page here.

 

 

 

 
 

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