Why biofuels are bad news

03/11/2010 | Yale Environment 360

Diverting food crops into biofuel production is a lousy idea, causing increased greenhouse-gas emissions, water shortages and widespread pollution, writes C. Ford Runge. One day, algal biofuels might make a viable fuel system; until then, Runge argues, political leaders should have the courage to cut back on corn-ethanol subsidies and invest in more sustainable and cost-effective forms of alternative energy.

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