Corn-waste fuel worse for climate change
By Dina Cappiello ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON — Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, a study shows, challenging the Obama administration’s conclusions that they are a much cleaner oil alternative and will help combat climate change. (might have been fine if not GMO. . .Jan)
A $500,000 study paid for by the federal government and released yesterday in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Climate Change concludes that biofuels made with corn residue release 7 percent more greenhouse gases in the early years compared with conventional gasoline.
While biofuels are better in the long run, the study says they won’t meet a standard set in a 2007 energy law to qualify as renewable fuel.
The conclusions deal a blow to what are known as cellulosic biofuels, which have received more than a billion dollars in federal support but have struggled to meet volume targets mandated by law.
- The biofuel industry and administration officials immediately criticized the research as flawed. They said it was too simplistic in its analysis of carbon loss from soil, which can vary over a single field, and vastly overestimated how much residue farmers actually would remove once the market gets underway.
- “The core analysis depicts an extreme scenario that no responsible farmer or business would ever employ because it would ruin both the land and the long-term supply of feedstock,” said Jan Koninckx, global business director for biorefineries at DuPont.
At first blush, this indeed, is a sour note and a huge setback for all who have worked so hard in the development phase of this concept. Quite strongly feel the overall vision is and was sound — so many agree! But as so many know [at least those who aren’t wearing blinders] there has never been any legitimate testing for the overall safety and science behind the Genetic Modification theory. GMO’s and all that goes with it has been an overwhelming failure. . .sickening animals and humans , the very soil on which we depend and destroying life and the planet which we do not own, but we do call Home.
GMO’s are the natural habitat for many life forms, not the least of which is humanity. For so many millions of protesters of this cruelty to go unheeded is criminal. Progress has been halted abroad, but here in our land, the people’s voice has been drowned out by greed and poor laws and lack of regulation. Many have wondered — ‘what’s it gonna take?’ Maybe something as disheartening as this! That the corporate ‘bottom line’ makes everyone rethink or at least examine. In this case, since it is tax dollars doing the funding, it is still the people who do the paying, not the corporate structure — they only pull the strings.
Can’t respond to the idea of flawed research, sounds like grumbling because the results aren’t what was expected. Probably nothing wrong with the original motivation attributed to the “Obama” administration’s assertion regarding biofuels being cleaner than oil as an alternative. Plants, the way nature designed and grew them may in fact have provided the expected result. But when the essential life form has been adulterated and cross-bred with who knows what, no one knows what to expect since there has never been any science to determine all this. But there are mountains of evidence clearly showing much damage, disease and destruction and death from what has already been done with other plants which have been genetically modified, including cotton, soy, corn and all the rest. But hey — blame President Obama, he’s so used to it! Jan)