I HAVE NOT YET SEEN THE FILM, FUEL, BUT AS A CHEMICAL ENGINEER I AM CONCERNED THAT SOMETIMES GREENS OVERSIMPLIFY THE PROBLEMS AND THE POTENTIAL SOLUTIONS. DOESN’T THE USE OF CROPS FOR BIOFUEL ALSO IMPACT THE ENVIRONMENT NEGATIVELY?
Greetings in the precious Name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Thank you for your email. Yes, I'm sure that many green organisations over simplify problems and potential solutions. I'm also aware that much of the green movement is like a watermelon, green on the outside and red on the inside. I do not support all of the solutions of the greens. Frequently they want more top-heavy government intervention and interference, especially through the United Nations. Some of the worst environmental disasters in history have been caused by socialist governments such as the Soviet Union and Red China.
The issue that you raised concerning one of the sources of biofuel being crops which lead to other risks to the environment and increase of food prices,… yes, this was dealt with and addressed in the film. There are different sources of biofuels and what the producers of the film were advocating was more the use of algae and waste water to produce biofuel.
I would be very interested in your analysis, as a chemical engineer, after seeing the film.
My main concern, as a Missionary, is that the West’s dependence on foreign oil, primarily from the Middle East, has funded not only a massive economic resurgence of the Muslim Middle East, but in all too many cases, actually fuelled radical Islam itself. Apparently one out of every three barrels of oil in the Middle East goes to pay for weapons. Weapons used against Israel, the West and against Christians in their own lands.
I do think that it is interesting that Henry Ford’s alcohol based fuel engines were effectively sabotaged by John D. Rockefeller of Standard Oils support for prohibition, and that prohibition was ended the year after Henry Ford had run up the white flag and converted to petrol engines.
I also think it is interesting that Rudolph Diesel intended his engines to run on biofuel and that today you can use biofuel in any diesel engine without any conversion needed.
I know that the situation is complex, but I'm sure we can come up with creative solutions which do not involve the massive transferring of wealth to the Muslim Middle East and undue pollution of our planet.
May the Lord continue to bless, guide and strengthen you.
Yours in His service
Dr. Peter Hammond