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Biofuels Are `Climate Killers,' Says Munich Scientist

April 2, 2007 (EIRNS)—In an interview with the Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Florian Siegert, of the Geo-Bio-Institute in Munich, attacked the use of palm oil as a crucial component of bio-fuels, because it is destructive to the world climate.

The massive expansion of palm groves is occurring at the expense of rain forests, Siegert said. As rain forests are burned out to clear large tracts of land to plant palm trees, the burning releases enormous CO2 emissions, thereby invalidating all expectations that palm oil-based bio-fuels would reduce net emissions, Siegert charged. He called bio-fuels "climate killers."