We are all concerned about the natural environment, now even more than before, since scientists warn us that the planet is severely damaged. One of the methods suggested to be eco-friendly is biofuel, but new research shows that it has adverse effects on the atmosphere too, actually turning out to be worse than gasoline.
Biofuel is a type of fuel that can be obtained through biological processes, and it was considered to be better than gasoline because it polluted the atmosphere less. The new study at the University of Michigan found that this is a wrong prediction, as biofuel affects climate and it has negative effects on the environment.
The author of the study is professor John DeCicco (University of Michigan Energy Institute). He points out that biofuel actually produces more carbon dioxide which is released into the atmosphere, more than initially thought and more than gasoline produces.
Researcher John DeCicco believes that biofuels are not related to 100% natural carbon, as he declared to The Detroit Free Press:
“To verify the extent to which that assumption is true, you really need to analyze what’s going on on the farmland, where the biofuels are being grown. People haven’t done that in the past—they felt like they didn’t need to.”
There are pros and cons regarding the study. The University of Michigan research relates to what happened in the past eight years. There are other scientists who claim that this period is insignificant when it comes to analyzing such a phenomenon, but there are also specialists who agree with the outcome of the study, as they also think that biofuel is the best solution for keeping the environment clean.
Statistics show that people have been using biofuel more and more since 2005. Back then, 4.2 billion gallons were reported as purchased and used, whereas, by 2013, the amount was three times larger, reaching 14.6 billion gallons. This surely states people’s concern about keeping the environment as clean as possible in moments when anything seems like a threat to it. John DeCicco’s study shows that even measures we thought were safe turn out to be dangerous for the environment.
The new study is called Carbon balance effects of U.S. biofuel production and use, was published in Climate Change (journal) on August 25. The research was funded by the American Petroleum Institut (API).
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