Oh No: ”… crop-based biodiesel has a worse carbon footprint than normal diesel. “

Russ Steele

Reuters has this Exclusive: EU to limit use of crop-based biofuels – draft law

The European Union will impose a limit on the use of crop-based biofuels over fears they are less climate-friendly than initially thought and compete with food production, draft EU legislation seen by Reuters showed.

Details HERE.

Jo Nova writes:

Call me a cynic, but I would think the state of the EU basket-case-economy could be forcing some people to do sensible things, though I’m heartened to see that at least they say they doing it because of the science. Someone has noticed that protecting ugly black coal deposits deep underground means sacrificing juicy verdant forests on the surface.

Now the question is when will the US and CA leaders come to there senses and discover that burning our food does not reduce CO2 and it results in higher food prices and more hardship for poor countries that depend on US corn to feed their growing populations.  When will our own basket-case- economy force some rational scientific thinking in Washington and we start exploiting the US’s huge gas, oil and coal reserves.  California followed the EU into the green swamp, now it is time to follow them out of that swamp and into a fossil fueled powered future.

H/T to Dixon for this tip!


About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

8 Responses to Oh No: ”… crop-based biodiesel has a worse carbon footprint than normal diesel. “

  1. Dixon Cruickshank says:

    maybe we could have a comment from the SBC on their future biofuels plans

  2. Dena says:

    Biodiesel is a great way to get rid of old cooking oil as it’s destructive when dumped down the drain. However, growing crops to produce biodiesel is another story. If you require some level of biodiesel production, the odds are it will require burning crops. On the other hand, if you require proper disposal of cooking oil, that’s the best of both worlds.

  3. Arthur M. Day. says:

    Has anybody ever run an estimate on daily production of used cooking oil and compared that to daily consumption of fossil fuel by the transportation? My WAG is that there is a stream of cooking oil and a river of fossil fuel consumption.
    I saw on the news that there are used cooking oil rustlers going around behind restaurants and stealing the used oil that biodeisel producers are buying from the restaurants.

    • I’m guessing that’s a drip of cooking oils vs a river of petroleum use. Folks who deep fry a turkey with fresh oil every day might be within an order of magnitude.

      Cooking oils are scavenged by biodiesel hobbyists but there isn’t enough of that stuff to sustain an industry.

  4. Dena says:

    Cooking oil could never replace all the fossil fuel we use in this country but we could do a little better if I had a place I could recycle my home cooking oil. Currently the best i can do is to dump it in the trash. Used motor oil can also be recycled. We have a 300 gal waste oil tank that they will empty for nothing and sometimes even slip us a few bucks. About the only cost to recycle is to install a storage tank. Others will take care of the rest.

    • In California, motor oil is supposed to be recycled; it’s been illegal to dump for years.

      It’s also shamefully wasteful to throw away because, unlike most of the [expletive deleted] recycling, it actually does get economically re-refined and made into essentially the same stuff it was before.

    • Dena says:

      The oil in the 300 gal tank is used to make asphalt but it can be reprocessed to motor oil as well.

  5. Arthur M. Day. says:

    I don’t know if Washington state has a law but our recycle centers have a tank to put it in. That reminds me, I have to empty my catch tank from the last oil change on my dear dead VW van. Killed by a deer 8 Dec. 2008 after 24 yrs. of noble service.

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