Biofuel Industry Tries to Undermine Global Warming Standards

Polluting BiofuelsBiofuel industry groups wrote to the EPA and asked that they ignore the law and exclude "indirect land use change" emissions from EPA’s modeling of total greenhouse gas emissions from biofuels for the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). Friends of the Earth, with others, wrote to EPA, expressing our discontent with the industry's argument and encouraged EPA to uphold the law. A week later, more environmental groups chimed in, also encouraging EPA to uphold the law.

First Letter to EPA from Environmental Groups | Second Letter to EPA from Environmental Groups | Letter to EPA from Industry  | Response Letter from Scientists to EPA| Press Release

Harvesting Harm

Agrofuels seems like a good solution to climate change in Latin America and the Caribbean, because of the investment opportunities. The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is now actively pursuing agrofuels as a clean energy and development strategy.  However, recent research shows that agrofuels are not a climate solution, and the additional negative impacts of large-scale agrofuels production on land use, ecosystems, and environmental health are substantial. Further, any potential development benefits to the rural poor are lost when agrofuels are promoted as large scale, monoculture plantations and the fuel is directed for export.

In the News: Our International Climate and Energy Campaigner, Kate Horner, at the IDB meeting in Miami: Environmentalists urge Latam bank to end biofuels loans

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Friends of the Earth Europe: Sustainability as a smokescreen

The inadequacy of certifying fuels and feeds

Growing vast monocultures of sugarcane and soy causes serious environmental and social problems in developing countries like Latin America. The negative impacts of the large-scale growing of soy for cheap animal feed is already well documented.

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