ou know what ruins forests more than anything? Cutting them down to make "renewable" ethanol.
And since preserving the rainforests is on the list, I'd consider cutting them down to make ethanol to be a bad thing. It's not that tough to comprehend -- if it does bad things, we shouldn't do it. At least we should do our best to find ways around it.
But the whole AGW thing is fraudulent. Solar and wind represent 1% of the US energy grid. How does one heat their home and drive their car relying on solar and wind. IMO, fossil fuels have done more for the human race and its health and welfare than anything. Wind has been used for energy since at least Viking days, and solar, forever. I happen to be a fan of solar, and eventually think it will be a major power source, once harnessed efficiently. But now? Puhlease. Think of what fossil fuels have brought us:
fuel to power cars, airplanes, trains, buses
fuel to power industry
freedom of movement of people
reduced weight of all vehicles due to plastic
iPhones, iPads and all computers which have any plastic or any parts made by using heat
Requires no production, just extraction. Ethanol requires 8 barrels of oil to make 9 barrels of ethanol
It's reliable. Think of this if you were driving cross country, 3,000 miles. A diesel, with a 16 gallon tank, and 30 mpg, would require 6 stops(from a full tank), all along the way, with minor disruption. An electric vehicle would limit you to 200-300 miles per day, then plug in all night. It would take double the time to cross the country. Truckers can't have these delays. It would double the transport costs of all goods. You want to double the labor cost of every product that comes off a truck? The economy would collapse.
All the AGW crowd wants is government funding so they can get rich. For the academics, they just want continued funding, aka jobs. And these meetings like in Copenhagen and Durban, South Africa? 20,000 people attend these meetings, and the prices? In Durban, the rooms were $1,500 per night. Even if they get a 50% discount, they're still staying there 5-6 days. It's hundreds of millions of dollars. And they all fly by jet. Total costs must be $10,000 per person, and that's probably low. That's $200,000,000. And what do they accomplish? In Davos recently, there were 1,700 private jets. These people have no intention of saving the planet, just lining their own pockets. People are greedy by nature. I'm greedy, you're greedy, they're greedy. Don't be fooled by talk of saving the planet. BS. Fossil fuels are too plentiful, too cheap and too easily obtained. The green crowd can't compete, so they want mandates, making fossil fuels more expensive. Pharrel Williams is doing a tour with Al Gore on the dangers of global warming/climate change. Here he is in his private jet. When I have a private jet like him, or an 11,000 sq. ft. house like Tom Friedman, I'll support global warming. Until then, not. It's not science, it's religion.