Bio fuels, tropical forests and progress

In our lemming-like rush to find easy and cheap options to replace expensive fossil fuel which will run out one day and to reduce carbon emissions which may overcome us one day people have turned to bio fuels – the growing of crops for the vegetable oils which can then be refined and used as fuels to propel vehicles, vessels and aircraft. The theory postulated by the bio fuel growers, eagerly seized upon by governments desperate for a cheap and quick climate fix, is that the bio fuels are “sustainable”, which in this context means we can keep on growing them and they will not run out like fossil fuel, and “carbon   neutral” which means that the burning of them is replaced by the re-absorption of the carbon dioxide of plants through the process of photosynthesis. Continue reading