Interesting to see people gradually waking up to what Fidel Castro, last year, called “The sinister idea of converting food into combustibles”.
Even crazy ol’ Mike Moore writes about it today, although he is dead wrong when he calls biofuels “a populist Green response to global warming”. Environmentalists were always suspicious of biofuels, seeing them as a half-step and worrying about the consequences of using grains as the fuel source. It was George W Bush’s subsidies to biofuel producers, introduced with the twin goals of being seen to do something about climate change and increasing returns for farmers in electorally vital Mid-West states, that started the biofuel explosion.
Not enough food, not enough energy. Along with climate change, these could well become the defining issues of international politics in the next decade.