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Biofuels in the spotlight

By The Citizen  |  Posted: March 11, 2013

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STROUD-BASED Euro candidate Molly Scott-Cato has re-ignited the debate on bio-fuels by calling for an end to a controversial subsidy scheme.

Subsidies are currently offered to crop growers who produce harvests that can be burned in power stations to create electricity.

But campaigners argue many biofuels produce more CO2 than they save.

Representing the Green Party, Molly said: "Land grabbing to cultivate biofuel crops is also proving damaging to natural habitats for many endangered species.

"All biofuels and sources of biomass are accepted as falling within the definition of 'renewable', even though in some cases they are found to be significant net carbon emitters.

"So they help the Government get towards its 20 per cent target, even though they do nothing to help us reduce our carbon emissions."

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  • RoadWombat  |  March 11 2013, 1:19PM

    She's absolutely right regarding all these silly targets and so on, and nuclear power is indeed the way forward.

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  • Bonkim2003  |  March 11 2013, 9:21AM

    Molly has a point - with rising human population, depleting water, land and mineral resources, sacrificing valuable land for biofuel production will reduce food supply and increase cost. Couple to this the long distances biofuels are transported from where they are grown - and also the energy used in cultivation, harvesting, and processing, the environmental benefits are dubious. U.K biofuel resources are limited and much of this will have to be imported.

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