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NeoPeasant wrote:In our inexorable march to self induced extinction, we will take every other large animal with us. If we don't displace it out of existence, we will end up hunting it for food. The ones that survive humanity will be the ones too small to hunt with a positive EROEI.
The small rodents will survive us. "The meek shall inherit the earth" was probably just a mis-translation of "The mink shall inherit the earth"
pstarr wrote:hey holmes. seriously agree with you.
The Orangs depend on those massive trees for support and would die on the forest floor.
I was at my friends for dinner and the other guest were talking about their homes. Someone said "nice floor what is it." I'm thinking "tropical hardwood," and she answers "asian cherry" or something. I kept my mouth shut. I trust my friends to do the right thing. I hope I am right.
Biofuels Backlash: Asian Palm-Oil Producers Shut PlantsPosted by Keith Johnson
U.S. and European biofuel producers are singing the blues these days. But that’s nothing compared to the tsunami overwhelming Asian biofuel makers. The good news? There may actually be a silver lining to it all.
American ethanol refiners, swamped by rising feedstock prices and a capacity glut, have seen economics go south, even with federal subsidies. European biofuel producers are shuttering plants, complaining about unfair U.S. competition and higher feedstock prices.
But in Asia, where demand for transport fuel is growing much faster than in Western economies, biofuel producers still can’t catch a break. Our EC colleague Tom Wright reports today in the WSJ (sub reqd.) that biofuel producers across southeast Asia are shelving plans for tens of billions of dollars of investment in new refineries:
That is an unexpected reversal of fortune for the industry. Just a year ago, Asian companies were rushing to build biodiesel plants to take advantage of subsidies in Europe and the U.S. aimed at promoting the consumption of cleaner-burning fuels. Projects being built or planned were forecast to pump out five million metric tons of biodiesel a year upon completion, or about half of Europe’s total refining capacity in 2007. The Indonesian government boasted that $12.5 billion in new biofuel investments were in the pipeline for that country alone.
The main culprits? Higher raw material prices, a supply glut in Europe (a big export market), and increasing concerns over the environmental impact of biofuels, especially the southeast Asian variety, which often involves deforestation. The higher prices for key ingredients like palm oil are especially painful: Indonesia’s state oil company Petamina has slashed its biofuel blend from 5% to 1% in less than 2 years because the economics just don’t work anymore.
The result: Some Asian palm-oil producers have scrapped their plans for biodiesel refineries, and only a few new plants have come on line. In Malaysia, for instance, the industry produced just 80,000 metric tons of biodiesel last year, much lower than the country's annual capacity of one million tons, Malaysian Commodities Minister Peter Chin said last week.
Projects being built or planned were forecast to pump out five million metric tons of biodiesel a year upon completion
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