Environmentalists Slam South Africa's Biofuels Strategy
They say to grow food crops to fuel cars, without taking steps to reduce carbon emissions by enforcing fuel efficiency of vehicles, is immoral.
South Africa's proposed biofuels industry, which the government sees as a
means of reducing climate-changing carbon emissions from South Africa's motor
vehicles, will raise more problems than it will solve, say
They say to grow food crops to fuel cars, without taking steps to reduce
carbon emissions by enforcing fuel efficiency of vehicles, is immoral.
They were reacting to the recent cabinet approval of a draft biofuels
strategy which will make it mandatory to include 4,5 percent of biofuels in
transport fuel by 2013.
The great danger of the biofuels craze is that it will divert us from stronger steps to limit dependence on foreign oil: higher fuel taxes to prod Americans to buy more gasoline-efficient vehicles and tougher federal fuel economy standards to force auto companies to produce them, writes Washington Post columnist Robert J. Samuelson.