Time runs NBB response to "Clean Energy Scam"

By | May 14, 2008
In a March 27 Time magazine cover story called "The Clean Energy Scam," by Michael Grunwald, biofuels were blamed for offenses ranging from emitting net carbon to tearing down rainforests. Joe Jobe, CEO of the National Biodiesel Board, responded with a letter that Time published in the "Inbox" section of its April 21 issue.

The following section of the letter was printed: "Your cover story provides a distorted, inaccurate picture of biofuels. The overwhelming body of data demonstrates the carbon benefits of biofuels. For every unit of energy it takes to make domestic biodiesel, 3.5 units are gained... . It also has a 78 percent lifecycle carbon dioxide reduction. In 2007 alone, biodiesel's contribution to reducing greenhouse-gas emissions was the equivalent of removing 700,000 passenger vehicles from America's roadways. The U.S. biodiesel industry strongly opposes rainforest destruction and nonsustainable agricultural practices. It is implementing a major initiative to enhance the overall sustainability of biodiesel production. Biodiesel increases our renewable-energy supply, adds well-paying, green jobs to the economy and reduces carbons and other emissions. I am proud to work in an industry that addresses these critical issues facing our nation and world."
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