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March 10, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Green fuels

Moving us down a dead-end road

Whenever I see an article about “eco-friendly fuels” [“Governors envision eco-friendly fuels at I-5 rest stops,” page one, March 8], I want to cry. Biodiesel and ethanol are far more injurious to the planet than fossil fuels, yet those who want to be “green” continue to go blindly down this dead-end road.

No one wants to think about the disastrous effects of using land to grow crops for the sole purpose of feeding our cars. Not only are food prices being driven up in poor nations, but rain forests all over the planet are being cut down by developing nations jumping on the biofuels bandwagon.

When it’s finally too late — when the last acre of rain forest is destroyed — what will we tell our children? How will we explain the final, traumatic stress to the world biosphere came from people who claimed to be the “good guys”?

Biofuel fanatics are as stubborn as global-warming deniers in their refusal to consider the inconvenient truth.

History will remember them as the “bad guys.”

— James Freudiger, Seattle

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