Searchinger, et al Science paper say treaty rules for bioenergy emissions encourage deforestation; strong industry reaction

October, 2009

An article recently covered in the Science-Magazine by Searchinger, Kammen et al. provokes an engaged discussion on carbon accounting techniques of biofuels. The original paper pointed out legal loopholes in the Kyoto Protocol, the European Cap and Trade System and the Waxman-Markey bill, which neglect carbon emissions caused by deforestation to clear the land for the production of biofuels. At press coverage of the issue by the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times are synthesized with a statement of the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA). The RFA agrees strongly that natural ecosystems with a high carbon storage should not be touched for the production of biofuels.The RFA denies however direct linkages between the expansion of the US biofuels sector and conversion of these land types.