From yesterday - CharlesT corrects me that space elevators originated prior to Clarke's 1979 science fiction novel. He is right - see his comment and hyperlink on the left column. Thanks!
Minister announces lower biofuel target tells that Ireland has reduced the 2010 target for transport fuel from 5.75% to 3%. A European partner, France plans to end biofuel tax breaks by 2012. The government said the policy change was due to the increased cost of petroleum providing competitive pricing for biofuel products. Also, there was tension caused by diverting human food supplies to produce synthetic petroleum. In the United States, between 1/4 and 1/3 of the corn harvest is consumed by ethanol production. Germany also, is ending a tax break for biofuels.
EU in crop biofuel goal rethink tells that an original goal of 10% biofuel has been cut to 6%. The policy reversal from two years ago when biofuels seemed to be nirvana, has resulted from new studies on deforestation, CO2 production, and higher food prices. Similarly [Australia] scraps biofuel mandates explains original goals of 10% have been cut to 2%, again citing world food shortages and rising prices.
In contrast, India approves biofuel rise. In less than ten years, India expects to increase from 5% biofuel to 20% biofuel blends. India has additionally specified that the biofuel must com from non-edible plant sources. An Indian plant source, the jatropha, is also grown in Haiti, as told in Plant could help meet Haiti's energy needs.
Biofuel demand to lift palm oil price soon explains that palm oil prices are expected to begin rising as Indonesia and Malaysia implement laws for biofuels. (Malaysia is the largest exporter of palm oil, producing 14 million tons in 2004.) Last Friday Indonesia announced the use of biofuels mandatory for 2009. Palm oil is very controversial for biofuels as environmentalists fear the destruction of rainforests to plan palm plantations
These are very different data points. What do you think they mean?