This article takes a dismissive perspective on recent critical findings on biofuels published in the Science Magazine. There, Dan Kammen and other climate experts pointed out a loophole in the current wording of the Kyoto Protocol which should be addressed at the negotiations in Copenhagen. They state that biofuels may have negative carbon footprints due to potential prior deforestation.
The accounting now used for assessing compliance with carbon limits in the Kyoto Protocol and in climate legislation contains a far-reaching but fixable flaw that will severely undermine greenhouse gas reduction goals. It does not count CO2 emitted from tailpipes and smokestacks when bioenergy is being used, but it also does not count changes in emissions from land use when biomass for energy is harvested or grown. This accounting erroneously treats all bioenergy as carbon neutral regardless of the source of the biomass, which may cause large differences in net emissions.
Press Coverage from the 1st day of the "West Coast Green" Conference which focused on the green built environment. Dan Kammen gave the keynote speech.
Dan Kammen emphasized various options we face in confronting risks associated with climate change which were looked at in a recent MIT study. In a talk at the West Coast Green Conference he pointed out that after policy changes positively affecting the solar industry were made in 2007, the industry quadrupled in 2008 . So balancing policy, economy, human behavior, and the fact that the world is heating up due in no small part to carbon dioxide emissions, we're able to see that yes, we still have a shot at not cooking the planet if we act now.