Bioenergy targets based on flawed science, report shows
Existing targets for biofuels and other forms of bioenergy are based on flawed carbon accounting and should be revised downwards, a draft report by a panel of 19 top European scientists showed. (Reuters)
‘Serious’ Error Found in Carbon Savings for Biofuels
The European Union is overestimating the reductions in greenhouse gas emissions achieved through reliance on biofuels as a result of a “serious accounting error,” according to a draft opinion by an influential committee of 19 scientists and academics.
The European Environment Agency Scientific Committee writes that the role of energy from crops like biofuels in curbing warming gases should be measured by how much additional carbon dioxide such crops absorb beyond what would have been absorbed anyway by existing fields, forests and grasslands.
Instead, the European Union has been “double counting” some of the savings, according to the draft opinion, which was prepared by the committee in May and viewed this week by The International Herald Tribune and The New York Times.
Despite the only “value” of biofuel being to reduce the anxiety of those poor souls living in terror of DiOCarbs (O2C) Pielke Jr. insists we should be thrilled about the “carbon free” energy (which it isn’t, it is still hydrocarbons but from a crappy, inefficient source). The bottom line is that it is still all about denying you abundant, affordable energy.
Don’t Count Carbon, Count Carbon Free Energy Supply Instead
In case you wanted more evidence that policies based on accounting for carbon dioxide emissions are hopeless, the NYT reports that a scientific advisory body to the EU is going to soon issue a report that undercuts the carbon accounting of the UN FCCC and its Kyoto protocol as well as a host of EU biofuels policies: (Roger Pielke Jr.)