08 Apr '11, 2pm

Proposed Biofuel Project in Kenya Would Produce More Emissions Than Fossil Fuels

Proposed Biofuel Project in Kenya Would Produce More Emissions Than Fossil Fuels

Henzanani Merakini's house and farm are threatened by the proposed plantation. She and others in the region would not be offered compensation if evicted. Photo credit: Piers Benatar/Panos Pictures/ActionAid People living on the coast of Kenya are currently fighting to keep the land they and their families have been living on for years. Their opponent: an Italian-owned company that has proposed to clearcut 10,000 hectares in order to grow biofuel to feed European demand for "clean" energy. And, according to a recent report by ActionAid, the biofuel produced on the plantation would actually produce 2.5 to 6 times more greenhouse gas emissions than their fossil fuel equivalents. The plantation is proposed despite the fact that Kenya has already rejected a larger version of the same project, and despite that jatropha, the proposed biofuel crop, has already proved strikingly

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