As pollution and public health become an issue that simply can’t be ignored anymore, the good word about bio-fuels needs to be spread as much as possible. Bio-fuels don’t contribute to air contamination like fossil fuels do. There’s a simple, scientific reason for that which makes total sense to even the most skeptical energy activist.
The dinosaurs lived millions of years ago. The carbon dioxide they consumed in plant foods has long been buried with them, and it would not be redistributed to the atmosphere if we didn’t use fossil fuels. Oil and coal products are fossil fuels. When they are burned, they redistribute that ancient carbon dioxide back into the atmosphere, and in essence, increase the contamination in the air. Basically, we are poisoning ourselves with a natural bi-product of plant life. Just like too much oxygen is dangerous, so is too much of the gas that plants produce. Needless to say, fossil fuels are a health concern.
Bio-fuels are plants and other biomass that are converted into fuel. They release carbon dioxide, too. Why is it not as unsafe? Simple. Bio-fuels are produced from contemporary plant life that would release that carbon dioxide anyway. Therefore, burning contemporary biomass isn’t taking away carbon dioxide, but it isn’t adding it either. Certainly, plants help reduce this poisonous gas, so more green is better, but by burning what already exists, we’re not creating added health concerns. This is simple science. If those who are opposed to bio-fuel production could accept a scientific fact, they might be more motivated to continue to develop this natural technology for the common health of the planet and the life on it. Of course, alternative fuel costs are dropping, and that’s a good thing. There is plenty of biomass in the form of plants and solid wastes, so the fuel progress will keep the human race from becoming like the dinosaurs.