Biofuel Production Has Adverse Effect Study Says

Posted on March 29th, 2011 by

Biofuel production could lead to death and disease, according to a study released by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, NASA tests an alternative fuel composed of chicken fat and details about a new US-Israeli energy collaboration.

Biofuel Production Leads to Death and Disease Study Says

Increasing biofuel production, namely ethanol, to replace fossil fuels has become another cause of death and disease in the third world, according to a study released by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS). Production of biofuels has caused an increase in the worldwide price of food because cropland and crops themselves are being used to power vehicles rather than feed populations. The AAPS noted World Bank figures that demonstrate that the rise in biofuel production will push 35 million people into absolute poverty, defined as living on less than $1.25 per day, in developing countries. It has been shown that hunger and poverty are the leading causes of disease and premature death worldwide, leading to the conclusion that increased biofuel production has adverse global effects. Additionally, using World Health Organization data, Dr. Indur Goklany, considered an expert and U.S. delegate to the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, estimated that 192,000 people would die because of this. The irony here is that the estimated death toll due to effects of global warming is 141,000. Moreover, Goklany notes, the death resulting from poverty is a concrete fact versus the hypothetical deaths resulting from global warming.


NASA Tests Chicken Fuel

NASA’s tested its newest eco-friendly jet fuel by sending an RV across the country from Virginia to California. Researchers were testing Hydrotreated Renewable Jet Fuel as a part of the Alternative Aviation Fuel Experiment II (AAFEX II). The biofuel is made using chicken fat. Researchers hope their product can be implemented across the board, especially because the U.S. military has set a goal of using a 50-50 blend of biofuel and jet fuel to power its aircrafts.


Petrochemical Conference in Texas

Almost 3,000 people from 45 countries attended the International Petrochemical Conference in San Antonio, Texas that concludes today. The conference will highlight discussions regarding the growth of the industry in governmental and economic sectors. It will also address environmental issues affecting oil manufacturing. Key note speakers include officials in the National Petrochemical Refiners Association including President Charles Drevna.


Solar Farm Operational at Univ. of MD Eastern Shore

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore has activated its 2.2-MW solar power system on its campus. The solar farm spans 17 acres for its 7,800 panels making it the largest concentration of PV modules on one site in Maryland, according to the builder, SunEdison.  The panels are expected to produce more than 3.3 million kWh of energy in their first year.


US-Israeli Energy Collaboration Continues

A U.S.—Israeli joint energy efficiency project is being sought by Bird Energy. Topics in solar power, alternative fuels, wind energy or smart grid improvements are being considered by the company. Up to 50 percent of the costs will be covered by the grant, but no more than $1 million can be allotted. Bird Energy was established after an agreement between the DOE and the Israeli Ministry of National Infrastructure in an effort to promote collaboration in the field of energy efficiency.

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