ONE CAN HARDLY open a newspaper today without being promised a new era of plentiful green energy. It is claimed that by using biological material to produce energy for fuel (crops such as maize and sugar cane distilled into ethanol, and crops such as palm-oil, soya and canola transformed into biodiesel) the emissions of greenhouse gases responsible for global warming will be substantially reduced, as the CO2 emitted by the cars running on agrofuels is not derived from fossil carbon. Countries, we are assured, will become more self-sufficient in their energy needs; rural economies and communities ...


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