Do biofuels help?

The widow's mite.

Indonesia is helping us.
Indonesia is helping us. And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing. And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you,That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury.For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had,even all her living.
St.Mark. Chapter 12. Verses 42-44

José Manuel Barroso the president of European Commission sometimes fondly calls his empire the Environmental Union. The EU likes to think that it is leading the world in Green issues.

One of these refers to CO2 emissions and biofuels. The EU has pledged substantial reductions in emissions and the greatly increased use of subsidised renewables. Gordon Brown is insisting that all UK suppliers will have to ensure that a proportion of the fuel they sell is made from plants by imposing financial penalties. His aim is 33% by 2050. The USA has even more ambitious targets.

Now, we will have to thank the developing world for a substantial portion of this agrofuel. There may be the odd criticism or two however we must be positive and thank the businessmen who are nobly encouraging Indian farmers to plant Jatropha bushes in areas that used to support crops We gratefully thank the Malaysians and Indonesians who are depriving themselves of cheap palm oil and sacrificing peat lands to grow even more palms.( Even though the destruction of peat lands means that billions of tons of carbon are released – they are NOT released in The EU ). In South America more of the Amazonian forest is being sacrificed to help us be green by growing lots of lovely soya. I could go on. It's happening all over the world. All the really poor people giving their mite to help the west. It really is humbling.