Monday, March 31, 2008

Reaction to Time's Hit Piece

Time Inc CNN Ethanol Food Fuel Time Magazine's cover article this week is provoking a lot of discussion of the net. The latest comes from Harold Wimmer of the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest in an email sent to media and bloggers this morning:
Michael Grunwell’s sweeping indictment of the biofuels movement in “The Clean Energy Scam” was the most stunning piece of misinformation I have seen published in a major news outlet. The article laid the blame for everything from destabilization in Pakistan to deforestation in Brazil at the feet of biofuel. Astonishingly, Grunwell did not quote a single supporter of the cleaner-burning fuel in the cover article! The simple facts are these:
  • There is a clear scientific consensus that vehicles using E85 or biodiesel emit significantly less air pollution than those using traditional fuels.
  • A typical E85 user prevents 4 tons of lifecycle carbon dioxide (CO2) and other harmful pollutants from entering our air every year.
  • The National Renewable Energy Laboratory reports that biodiesel (B100) use reduces lifecycle carbon dioxide emissions by 78%.
Space does not allow for me to point out the many errors in fact, rampant speculation, and use of discredited data and opinion contained in Grunswell’s article – I’m sure others will step up to that task. Let me just say that the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest remains a strong supporter of cleaner-burning biofuels such as E85 and biodiesel, and we reject its unfair labeling as a “scam.”

Harold Wimmer,
American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest
Source: American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest

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