Do Plant-Derived Agrofuels Create Mor...

Do Plant-Derived Agrofuels Create More Problems Than They Solve?

There are 7 comments on the Scientific American story from Sep 12, 2012, titled Do Plant-Derived Agrofuels Create More Problems Than They Solve?. In it, Scientific American reports that:

GROWTH INDUSTRY: Biofuels can be a carbon-neutral energy source, but the overall process of producing them is far from carbon neutral, given the substantial amount of fossil fuels expended in growing, harvesting, processing and distributing them.

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LessHypeMoreFact

Toronto, Canada

#1 Sep 13, 2012
Any industry can create problems. And the industry is driven by profit, NOT 'problem solving'.

So if you want the biofuel industry to avoid adding problems and to work at solving others, you either need to turn it into a government license or regulate it on a global scale.

Long term, though, it will enable solutions with economic benefit as well. It needs time to mature.
Marcus

Piaseczno, Poland

#2 Sep 28, 2012
But introducing innovations to businesses is the future. I have read http://blog.pulawy.com/en/perspektywy-i-inwes... that it brings more good than bad ;) doing nothing will not help for sure :(
LessHypeMoreFact

Toronto, Canada

#3 Sep 28, 2012
Marcus wrote:
But introducing innovations to businesses is the future. I have read http://blog.pulawy.com/en/perspektywy-i-inwes... that it brings more good than bad ;) doing nothing will not help for sure :(
I am not sure you should trust industry advertisement all that much. And the generation of fertilizer is not so much an issue as the RETENTION of fertlizer in our overworked and relatively inert soils. We need to RETAIN more of the fertilizer and add more 'trace minerals' to it to improve agriculture.

Read up on 'terra prieta' black soils and 'biochar'.

“Happy, warm and comfortable”

Since: Oct 10

Mountain retreat, SE Spain

#4 Sep 28, 2012
A LessFact classic on the subject of plants:
LessFactMoreHype wrote:
Most fruiting plants are polinated[sic] because those are the ones that have food values and thus something to give the bee an incentive to polinate[sic]. Weeds rarely have benefit to the bees.
This is a question that sounds intelligent only until you look closer..
http://www.topix.com/forum/us-senate/TGGBRGDH...
PHD

Houston, TX

#5 Sep 28, 2012
Earthling-1 wrote:
A LessFact classic on the subject of plants:<quoted text>
There you go again correct you are the commander of less facts. Well you know what your the commander of.

“Happy, warm and comfortable”

Since: Oct 10

Mountain retreat, SE Spain

#6 Sep 29, 2012
LessFact gets there in the end:

Focus on truth about climate
http://www.topix.com/forum/news/opinion/T1F36...

Me:
The A in AGW = ANTHROPOGENIC - which = HUMAN.

Less:
As in incorporating human activity as well as natural factors.

Me:
So apart from, "human emissions," what else is AGW?

Less:
aerosols and solar insolation. READ some of the science.

Me:
AGW has NOTHING at all to do with any, "natural factors" whatsoever.

Less:
Any more denial you want to make?

Me:
It's sad when you get caught out confusing AGW with natural warming, isn't it?

Less:
Sad?? Try impossible. It wouldn't be AGW if it were NATURAL. The A stands for Anthropogenic and THAT is what was found.
PHD

Houston, TX

#7 Sep 29, 2012
Earthling-1 wrote:
LessFact gets there in the end:
Focus on truth about climate
http://www.topix.com/forum/news/opinion/T1F36...
Me:
The A in AGW = ANTHROPOGENIC - which = HUMAN.
Less:
As in incorporating human activity as well as natural factors.
Me:
So apart from, "human emissions," what else is AGW?
Less:
aerosols and solar insolation. READ some of the science.
Me:
AGW has NOTHING at all to do with any, "natural factors" whatsoever.
Less:
Any more denial you want to make?
Me:
It's sad when you get caught out confusing AGW with natural warming, isn't it?
Less:
Sad?? Try impossible. It wouldn't be AGW if it were NATURAL. The A stands for Anthropogenic and THAT is what was found.
Haven't seen your care giver yet.

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