Germany cancels plans to add ethanol to petrol

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Germany cancels plans to add ethanol to petrol

Postby CraKinShOt on Thu Apr 10, 2008 7:25 am

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Germany cancels plans to add ethanol to petrol

Berlin - Amid growing fears that biofuel farming is harming the environment and driving up world food prices, Germany cancelled on Friday plans to mix more ethanol made from plants with petrol. Environment Minister Sigmar Gabriel said the decision was taken because 10 per cent ethanol in petrol would rot the hoses and gaskets of millions of auto engines. But he said an order for diesel fuel to contain 7 per cent ethanol remained in place.

Gabriel rejected accusations of blundering and cast blame on car manufacturers for not telling him in time that 3 million engines were vulnerable if the current ethanol supplements were increased.

He said he refused to force millions of German motorists to buy a more expensive, ethanol-free grade of petrol.

At a news conference, he acknowledged the wider criticism of ethanol, saying, "It's now being asked if producing ethanol actually causes more damage to the climate than the fuel it is meant to replace."

The change of mind over petrol means Germany must reduce its overall 2009 target for biofuel addition to motor spirits from 6.25 per cent to 5 per cent, as measured by by energy yield, Gabriel said.

But he insisted a European Union target of 10 per cent overall by 2020 remained achievable. The conversion to ethanol had been hailed as an indirect way of reducing Europe's carbon-dioxide emissions.

There has been a storm of criticism of Gabriel, a Social Democrat, since he foreshadowed the climbdown on Wednesday. Opponents said he ought to have known much sooner about the ethanol problems.

Biofuel plans are under attack round the world because of forest clearances and because of the recent run-up in world grain prices. India banned rice exports Monday in response to the shortage.

Economists say the diversion of land to fuel growing is reducing the world's potential to grow food at a time when grain demand in Asia is soaring.


http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show ... etrol.html
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Bio Ethenol for cars it such a crock of sh*t it beggars belief. Not only does it need more energy to produce the ethonol in the first place, but it has less chemical power than petrol and so you need to use more of it comparitively. Not only that but the production of ethanol from wheat, rice and soy have harmed the global supply of these staple foods to the point where the globe is in a food crisis. I'm not sure whether anyone have been following up the developing food crisis... but suffice to say we're on the brink of a massive food emergency... rice producing countries are banning exports of rice in order to secure their own population. Global food prices are going up... I know of rioting in Egypt, Haiti and Argentina (although Argentina is more about a national strike).
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Postby um!!! on Thu Apr 10, 2008 11:55 am

oh wow i never knew that
do you think there going to make us all start buying less when we go to the supermarkets
it does sound very stupid but we do have very stupid people in this world so it balances!
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Postby Mr Tortoise on Thu Apr 10, 2008 3:07 pm

well with food prices going up everywhere you will soon have to buy less !!


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Postby SupaSharpShoota on Thu Apr 10, 2008 7:16 pm

Food was too cheap in this country in the first place. Look at the gluttony of people, eating far beyond what is necessary because they can afford to and ending up well ... fat.


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Postby um!!! on Thu Apr 10, 2008 8:08 pm

thats why u go to the gym to balance it lol!
i will admit i eat over what i should but its all balanced with exercise
way to many fat people around now! and thing is they can do something about it but wont :(
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Postby Mr Tortoise on Fri Apr 11, 2008 12:19 pm

that depends on what you call food.

stuff that pours out of a factory may be cheap and branded food ut that doesnt mean u should eat it ;)


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