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The use of bioethanol and biodiesel in motor vehicles is a misguided attempt to save the climate. The ugly reality is that "green" fuels are destroying rainforests, accelerating climate change and condemning millions to poverty and hunger.

Habitat destruction, land grabs, civil strife and rising food prices are the unintended consequences of bioethanol and biodiesel — the supposedly sustainable fuels of the future.

In most developed countries, production costs are high and arable land is scarce, so vast quantities of soy and palm oils and bioethanol are being imported from overseas to be used as an additive to fossil fuels. Skyrocketing demand is destroying delicate ecosystems as rainforest land is slashed and burned to make room for oil palm, soy and sugar cane monocultures. This deforestation is accelerating climate change by releasing billions of tons of CO2 into the atmosphere — by some estimates, deforestation has a greater impact on the climate than the world’s entire fleet of motor vehicles. Moreover, arable land is scarce, and its use for fuel crops is contributing to rising food prices and world hunger.

Rainforest Rescue’s mission is to raise awareness of these issues and call on governments to abandon their ill-considered biofuel policies.

Biofuels are anything but environmentally friendly.

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The EU is currently deciding on the expansion of renewable energy until 2030, with wood slated as the main biofuel. With Europe’s forests in a sad state, we need to stop even more trees from going up in smoke in the name of “green” power. Please sign our petition and speak out against the EU’s misguided biofuels policy!

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To: The European Commission, Parliament, Council of Ministers and the governments of the 28 Member States

Europe wants to rely even more heavily on forests for the production of wood as fuel, to the detriment of nature. Stop the EU’s misguided bioenergy policy!

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