Crafting Biofuel Rules With Eye on Environment – Reuters. “In March, European Union leaders agreed to set a binding target for biofuels to make up at least 10 percent of petrol and diesel used by vehicles by 2020.” And the law contains specific provisions to ensure the biofuels were “sustainable” and to promote “second generation” biofuels, so-called “cellulosic ethanol” from non-corn sources. Our response: “From the US perspective, we think some of the sustainability criteria — you’re tying yourself in knots over [it] …. I think it’s going to be enormously difficult to figure that out.” Well, yes, being unsustainabile is easy, but self-destructive.
Costa Rice Aims to Win “Carbon Neutral” Nation Race – Reuters. “The country generates 78 percent of its energy with hydroelectric power and another 18 percent by wind or geothermally. It now plans to cut emissions from transport, farming and industry.” Yet another country the U.S. could learn a thing or two from.
China ready to take global warming step — The Times Online. “The Chinese Government is close to dropping tariffs [some up to 16%] on technologies that increase energy efficiency and decrease pollution in what would be the country’s biggest move towards tackling global warming.” Some day there will be a story reporting the U.S.’s big move toward tackling climate change, but that will probably have to wait two years.