The biofuels promise: updated thinking

O'Neill, Graeme
October 2006
Ecos;Oct/Nov2006, Issue 133, p22
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The article focuses on the importance of biofuels, an obvious alternative given the recent surge in fossil fuel prices and more emphasis on environmental impacts. According to sources, the expansion of the nascent biofuels industry in Australia will deliver a cleaner, healthier and renewable source of automotive fuel. However, the biodiesel industry is considered as vulnerable as the ethanol industry to the impact of the weather and climate on agriculture in the country. Moreover, Paul Higgins, a principal of Canberra-based futurology company Emergent Futures, states that the expansion of the biofuels industry will cause direct competition with the food and fiber industries for scarce arable land and water. In addition, biodiesel would also increase emissions of fine particulate matter. INSET: Biofuels Taskforce findings.


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