Thursday, July 29, 2010

Alternative energy is worse than just a waste of time

There are two major problems with alternative energy development. One is that in many cases the cure is worse than the disease. (See the quote below). The other is that adding energy to a bonfire of demand simply encourages more growth and waste.

...The EU must shoulder some of the blame. Badly thought-through policies designed to lower Europe's carbon emissions in the energy and transport sectors have sparked a gold rush into biofuel, with results that often go directly against the policies' intentions. Studies show that some biofuel, including when made from palm oil from cleared rainforest and peatland, result in significantly more greenhouse-gas emissions than fossil fuel does...