It doesn’t seem two minutes since the concept of biofuels entered our media headlines, claiming to be the perfect alternative to fossil fuels and providing civilisation with a renewable solution to their energy needs. However, nowadays, more and more debate is cropping up with controversy and protest meeting the biofuel plans at every turn.
Fact is, we do need energy. Our whole world, immense progress and the whole economy are based on energy resources. Our high standard of life wouldn’t have been possible without a steady supply of energy. While home and business electricity from British Gas seems to be the easy and most obvious answer for many people who are looking for convenience and a steady energy supply that is both competitively priced and reliable, those looking at the bigger picture won’t be asking questions like, ‘what is British Gas business care?’, and ‘is this the most competitive tariff?’ but more probing questions such as, ‘why are we not pushing for better, renewable energy sources?’ and ‘how much longer do we have to live before people consider the environment around us?’
Biofuels were one such solution to the renewable energy debate; an energy source that is both sustainable and long-lasting. As substitutes for the sacred fossil fuels that we need to avoid relying upon, the concept of biofuels was an interesting one. A product made from crops such as corn, sugar cane and molasses was seen as something that could take us into the future without having to rely on rapidly diminishing fossil fuel resources.
That was, until, it was realised that despite what the government’s claimed, the production of biofuels is flawed and riddled with issues. While they are supposed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, when you consider what the manufacture includes, almost all of them produce more than petrol and diesel, through nitrous oxide emissions and deforestation.
Environmentalists are hugely concerned over the impact that biofuel production is already having on the forests and wildlife of the world, with many species including orang-utan, being driven to extinction through deforestation to make way for agricultural land to make fuels from crops such as palm oil.
Combine this with the global food crunch and increase in malnutrition last year, partly attributed to the use of cereal grain for biofuel production rather than feeding the hungry, and you can see why there is a justified controversy circling biofuels and why the is the aim to increase their production without affecting the environment as much as it does at the moment.
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