The pledge, to be announced tomorrow, would be aimed at cutting Canada's greenhouse-gas emissions by four million tons a year by mixing gasoline with cleaner-burning ethanol, or using more biodiesel, which blends vegetable oils with diesel fuel.
It also allows the federal Conservatives to take the election campaign initiative on an environmental plank. The federal Liberals have not moved to a national standard for renewable fuel even though three provinces have already announced they will adopt them.
"This 5-per-cent standard for renewable fuels is good for agriculture and rural Canadians, it's good for the environment and it's good for drivers," said Conservative MP Diane Finley, the party's agriculture critic. "Specifically, it'll mean a four-megaton-a-year reduction in greenhouse-gas emissions."
Mandating ethanol may be great for ethanol producers but it's certainly not good for taxpayers or the environment. The research proves it, and even the Green Party is rejecting ethanol as a sustainable solution. For everything you ever wanted to know about ethanol check Clean Air for Citizens of Barrie.
Wednesday, December 21, 2005
Posted by David MacLean at 11:43 AM
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