Going Green

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Re-thinking OECD Bio-fuels.

Countries are re-thinking biofuel policies -- and well they should. Unintended consequences of existing policies have created havoc. It is time to change course -- especially concerning corn-based ethanol.

Biofuel policies in OECD countries costly and ineffective, says report

16/07/2008 - Government support of biofuel production in OECD countries is costly, has a limited impact on reducing greenhouse gases and improving energy security, and has a significant impact on world crop prices, according to a new study of policies to promote greater production and use of biofuel in OECD countries.

OECD’s Economic Assessment of Biofuel Support Policies says biofuels are currently highly dependent on public funding to be viable. In the US, Canada and the European Union government support for the supply and use of biofuels is expected to rise to around USD 25 billion per year by 2015 from about USD 11 billion in 2006. The report estimates that biofuel support costs...(complete article here).

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