Biofuel Foresty: Good Idea?

by Jackson Cooney

In an effort to reduce the use of gasoline and diesel many governments have pushed to increase the use of bioenergy, but today, biofuel makes up only 2.5 percent of the worlds transportation fuels. The European Union estimates that their dependence on biofuel will increase to 10 percent by 2020, and, the US also is expecting a large increase. The International Energy Agency foresees biofuel as accounting for 27 percent of the world’s transportation fuel by midcentury. Other renewable energy options seem more limited because, with the current technologies, it would be impossible to supply the entire world’s energy needs with wind and solar sources. The Environmental Protection Agency also supports the biofuel initiative by labeling the harvest of forests a “carbon-fee source”. Continue reading