Monday, April 23, 2007

On Biodiesel

This is a useful article that poses the question "if biodiesel is so good why aren't we getting the whole story?

I have to admit that driving past bright yellow fields of rapeseed can certainly brighten a dull morning but couldn't, shouldn't the land be used to grow food crops, particularly in a country that imports food? I mean, what about the transport costs of bringing food in from faraway places when much more of it could be grown here?

There are also vexing questions (rarely brought up) about the negative effects of biodiesel. Is it all right if your engine won't last so long? Of course it isn't, so why aren't we thinking about the extra cost (to us and the environment) of having to replace that engine before its time?

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