Biofuel Use 'increasing Poverty'

 

The replacement of traditional fuels with biofuels has dragged more than 30 million people worldwide into poverty, an aid agency report says. Oxfam says so-called green policies in developed countries are contributing to the world’s soaring food prices, which hit the poor hardest.

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  • blackwidow_rsa
    Goverments should stop subsidizing(sp) biofuels and use/donate that money on research for developing hydrogen fuel cells and more effecient engine designs
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  • velocityg4
    I always figured this would be one of the results. The crop prices are hitting us too. If you wanted to go all bio and replace all fossil fuels then that means leveling forests and using up most fresh water resources and would basically be a far worse environmental catastrophe then removing all smog restrictions on cars.

    Hydrogen fuel cells would be nice but it requires a lot of electricity to separate Hydrogen from water. I could not even imagine the amount necessary for handling all US vehicles. Our current infrastructure could not handle it. You could build many fossil fuel plants which defeats the purpose. Solar, Wind and Hydroelectric plants would tear up the landscape to handle the capacity. Basically most wild habitat would be destroyed to make room for all the needed Solar, Wind and Hydro generators.

    I can only see one solution feasible with current technology to replace most fossil fuels. Hydrogen separated from water and power from many new Nuclear plants. Fuel cells are not truly necessary as internal combustion can also work fine off of Hydrogen. I think Hydrogen is more powerful than Gas thus higher MPG and a fuel tank you hope never explodes :o.
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  • gm0n3y
    @velocityg4

    You do realize that Uranium is a finite fuel source (like oil). I think that solar arrays and wind turbines are a terrific solution for certain areas. Think of places like Arizona that get a lot of sun and have lots of open empty space. And with technological innovation, solar arrays are gaining efficiency all the time. There is nothing wrong with supplementing power needs with nuclear sources, but depending on them for the majority of our power is the same short sightedness that brought on the current energy crisis.
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