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Biofuel Boom Series

A two-part series that will critically analyze what is being suggested as the worst public policy mistake in a generation. A prominent UN representative calls it a "crime against humanity", and this "crime" may shock even the most environmentally conscious of individuals, because it is in reference to biofuels, a technology that is in the early stages of an unprecedented boom around the world. The green image being painted by industry and world leaders is doing little to convince skeptics that using agricultural land to grow fuel is as environmentally friendly as it is reported to be. Compounding the environmental debate, biofuels are being referred to by some of the world's most influential international organizations as contributing to increases in global hunger at staggering rates. The money being thrown around the world and being invested into these biofuel technologies is incredible. In July 2007, Prime Minister Stephen Harper promised 1.5 billion dollars in incentives to get the Canadian biofuel industry up and running. British Petroleum has controversily invested half a billion dollars into biofuel research at the University of California at Berkeley.

The seriousness of this issue has prompted a careful approach to addressing this topic, and this two-part series has been designed to hopefully be the most critical 2-hours of radio produced to date on this rapid emergence of biofuels around the world.

2007
November 8 - "Biofuel Boom: Greenwashing and Crimes Against Humanity (Part II)"
Darrin Qualman, Eric Holt-Gimenez, Robin Speer, Len Penner, Ignacio Chapela, Miguel Altieri, Robert Malone, Robert Birgenau, Arnold Schwarzeneggar, Ali Tonak, JoAnne Buth, Jean Ziegler

November 1 - "Biofuel Boom: Greenwashing and Crimes Against Humanity (Part I)"
JoAnn Buth, Darrin Qualman, Eric Holt-Gimenez, Robin Speer, Jean Ziegler, George W. Bush, Stephen Harper, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva

You can also check out the February 19, 2009 broadcast titled Biofuels: Food, Future and Fuels


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