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7338RE: [hreg] Commercial aircraft flight partial on biofuel

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  • Kevin Conlin
    Feb 25, 2008
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      I heartily agree, burning food is not the answer to energy problems.  Climate change is already shifting the patterns of agriculture, and not favorably. By burning food we are only exacerbating the problem, and we’re losing topsoil and groundwater to boot.  Who thought this was a good idea?




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      From: hreg@yahoogroups.com [mailto:hreg@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Gary Beck
      Sent: Monday, February 25, 2008 8:35 AM
      To: hreg@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: RE: [hreg] Commercial aircraft flight partial on biofuel


      I don't know why, but the idea of using food crops and higher plant forms like trees or nuts for fuel just strikes me as wrong. Seems like a waste of the power of nature.  I like the idea of using the speed of fast growth nature like microbes, bacteria, and algae slurries that can be grown in non forest and non food production areas.


      PS: Sound like greewashing to me. They could have used a slingshot to get from London to Amsterdam! And I still  bet that planes fuel mixture was more than 90% petroleum based and in one tank only!  


      From: hreg@yahoogroups. com [mailto:hreg@ yahoogroups. com] On Behalf Of Ed Sarlls
      Sent: Sunday, February 24, 2008 5:41 PM
      To: hreg@yahoogroups. com
      Subject: [hreg] Commercial aircraft flight partial on biofuel


      The first flight by a commercial airline to be powered partly by biofuel has taken place.

      A Virgin Atlantic jumbo jet has flown between London's Heathrow and Amsterdam using fuel derived from a mixture of Brazilian babassu nuts and coconuts.

      Environmentalists have branded the flight a publicity stunt and claim biofuel cultivation is not sustainable. 

      (I guess that some will never be satisfied.) Ed

      For more info see link:


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