Biofuels Making Global Warming Worse

Contrary to popular belief, the heat-trapping carbon dioxide gas emitted when biofuels are burned is not fully balanced by the CO2 uptake that occurs as the plants grow. Credit: © Africa Studio / Fotolia

Biofuels have been Found to Add to the Trend of Global Warming

Biofuels have been found to add to the trend of global warming. They increase the heat-conserving carbon dioxide emissions instead of decreasing them.

The presupposition that biofuels are safe and carbon-neutral has been debunked. There are the heat-trapping carbon dioxide fumes that just won’t go away and increase the overall climate change that is taking place. The study that was conducted showed that when US biofuel production was on the increase there was a concomitant increased CO2 uptake by crops thereby offsetting the CO2 emissions.

Therefore, one thing is for sure. There has been a net increase instead of a decrease in carbon dioxide emissions which cause global warming. Ironically, this has been due to biofuel consumption. The study will be published online. It has been the first study to examine carbon on farms where biofuels are made. Assumptions will not do. We have to determine what the real impact of anything is on climate change. The actual problem lies in the fact that not enough carbon is being removed from the setup as is necessary to compensate for what comes out the other end.

Biofuels have been said to be the ideal replacement for petroleum and petroleum products. The policies had changed midway but they didn’t bring about much good in the way of a solution to pollution. Among the major biofuels are corn ethanol and biodiesel. The process began in 2005 and back then 4.2 billion gallons were produced. Three years ago, that figure had climbed to 14.6 billion gallons of biofuel. Biofuels as renewable alternatives to real fuels seem too good to be true. That is exactly the point. They are actually not the true solution in terms of an ideal replacement of fossil fuels. It was all just smoke and mirrors and a sham as far as the fad of biofuels is concerned.

It was supposed that the carbon dioxide they released when burnt was the same one that had been trapped by the crops from which they were derived. Carbon footprint models dictated this assumption. When real world data models were studied though, they showed quite a different picture. These so-called biofuels are instead the worst of offenders as far as pollution and global warming are concerned. They are in fact far more messier than good old regular gasoline. The policymakers need to revise their models and give a whole new set of instructions to their underlings.

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