I personally think government’s greed is to blame for most of the world’s problems. Call me cynical but I find that people want to gain more money, rather than help with more pressing needs.
I am a 1st year Environmental student and had to join this debate to voice my opinion. Annual worldwide military expenditure is over $1000 billion! I am unsure what the figures are for money put into health and education worldwide, but I am certain it is less. Why are governments putting so much money into this? They would not do it for the hell of it- land or a natural commodity (oil most probably) seems the only thing worth doing to spend this money.
Surely at a time when most people (and not forgetting the environment too) around the world are feeling the 'pinch' one way or another, I would of thought we could all live in harmony and work together to resolve the global warming issuse- biofuels are of course another way to reduce the global warming trend. This money could be put towards far better uses: educate people about the world, develop and invest in 'greener' technologies with the help of scientists who possibly have been educated with this money. I agree with both articles in the paper, we do need them but in a limited quantity running alongside a good proportion of renewable energy.
It is not only governments who should be blamed. Isn't it strange how as we all pay more for petrol, gas, food etc, that the people at the top seem to be getting richer and having increased profits? Like British Gas recently or instance. Fair play to them for doing so, but whatever 'green' policies companies may have, it means nothing if they cannot share the wealth- like buying an area of rainforest for example. Most companies will aim for profit, so if this means using cheaper palm oil imported (palm oil is mostly used for food- not biodiesel) or more expensive local sunflower oil which will they choose? More expensive locally grown beef or cheaper beef from reared cattle ranches from the result of rainforest cut down? Next time you are in the supermarket, look for the cheapest packet of beef going. If it says it is a product of Brazil then you know where that meat has come from with the added airmiles! I'd rather have that land used for growing renewable fuel rather than a 'one-off' area for feeding cattle, which is useless after a few years, so another area of rainforest is cut down. Biofuels may be bad in some ways but we also need to focus on other issues which collectively make this bad situation 'really bad'.
Sorry if this hasn't been mainly focused on biofuels, however we can't do anything effectively if everyone doesn't co-operate. If we work together logically, internationally and use each others' strengths I think it is possible to do almost anything.