Thursday, February 28, 2008

Why The Nature Conservancy opposes biofuel

Some people are finally catching on to the fact that biofuels are no ecological bargain because the carbon cost to produce the fuels is worse than the effect of burning the equivalent amount of petroleum. The Washington Post covered this topic today.

But why is The Nature Conservancy on the front line of publicity for this issue? It is because they are so deeply committed to protecting our environment, of course. Or maybe not.

There is an old investigation tool that all news reporters should know: When any organization pays for a research study and then pays to promote the result of that study, ask yourself why and follow the money trail.

Consider that the push toward biofuels is now making many thousands of acres in the U.S. and around the world FINANCIALLY VIABLE for their owners. The Nature Conservancy thrives on buying land at bargain prices from starving famers and landowners and has made hundreds of millions of dollars buying land from financially distressed sellers around the world. Cheap land and distressed sellers are their stock in trade. The demand for biofuels rasies prices of land acquisitions and threatens The Nature Conservancy's monsterous land acquisition and development enterprise.

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