While it may appear that single-issue campaign group Biofuelwatch may be having trouble drumming up much support for its protests, it seems to be having more success with getting its message out in the press.
Back in February the NGO’s Ian Lander wrote a piece in the Ecologist titled Stop the biomass blackout: say no to the UK’s destructive bioenergy policies. We won’t mention the lack of cited scientific evidence, or dubious claims that biodiesel alone is driving deforestation in Sumatra! We don’t have to as the new REA-backed Back Biomass campaign write a response a month later. Biomass ‘needs to be part of our low-carbon future’ addressed most of the points made by Biofuelwatch and also had numerous links to proper scientific papers.
That wasn’t enough for Biofuelwatch, who responded to the response! This time it was co-director Robert Palgrave (how can a small NGO which has refused to disclose its funding sources afford so many staff?). Rather than addressing any of the points directly made by Back Biomass, it then goes on to attack sustainability and quote (yet again) the issues of indirect land use change.
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