Biofuels: MPs agree subsidies for power stations

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MPs have agreed new subsidies for burning wood and plants in the UK’s power stations.

An all-party scrutiny committee agreed new payments for renewable energy – including palm oil.

This commodity is blamed for creating more greenhouse gases than it saves, and for destroying the rainforest habitat of orangutans.

The government says biofuels are needed to help keep the lights on and to meet greenhouse gas emission targets.

Environmentalists are also concerned at new subsidies for burning wood pellets in power stations. They say the huge scale of imported wood is unsustainable.

via BBC News – Biofuels: MPs agree subsidies for power stations.

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