If you had to choose between between oil and biofuels to standardize on for transportation, the choice was obvious. Biofuels are more Earth friendly, or so it appeared. A recent study by the World Bank found that the hidden costs of producing biofuels has led to the sharp rise seen in the cost of food with 3rd world countries especially affected. In addition, land that had been used to other grow crops U.S. is now being used to grow maize for ethanol production, further impacting the price of food.
The debate over whether or not biofuels are the next energy source to decrease the dependency on oil has been ongoing for sometime, and with the negative effects seen around the world, the debate will only continue to escalate. One outcome of the report from the World Bank is a little re-examination of the aggressive push into biofuels by the UK governement. Hopefully that will lead to a deeper discussion about promoting electric as the preferred alternative, rather than biofuels, to power vehicles.