May 4, 2012
Media Release - How Biofuels are Damaging The Environment
The Unintended Consequences of Biofuel Subsidization
Winnipeg, May 4, 2012: The Frontier Centre released today a paper entitled The Green Plague: How Biofuels Are Damaging the Environment. Authored by Frontier’s student intern Eric Merkley, the study examines some of the unintended consequences of large-scale biofuel production and, specifically, its impact on the natural environment.
Governments in many economically advanced countries heavily subsidize the production of biofuels. The justification of such subsidies is often that biofuels are a comparatively “green” source of energy. However, the evidence suggests that biofuels may in fact create significant environmental problems. Examples discussed in the paper include:
“The biofuel industry is thriving in North America due to generous government subsidies,” Merkley writes. Although these subsidies are intended to benefit the natural environment, Merkley argues that they may be having the opposite effect. “At the very least, the research referred to in this paper should give governments pause before they continue to use taxpayer money to fund their environmentally destructive biofuel pipe dreams.”
All energy production has an economic, social and environmental cost. Although biofuel production is widely seen as a “green” source of energy, the evidence presented in this paper suggests biofuel production can cause significant environmental damage.
The Green Plague: How Biofuels Are Damaging the Environment? can be downloaded HERE.
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