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    Environmentalists: UN Should Withdraw ‘Misleading’ Biofuels Report

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    The Center for Biological Diversity and seven other environmental groups urge the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development to withdraw a misleading report on second-generation biofuels.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) should withdraw a misleading report on second-generation biofuels, the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) and seven other environmental groups said in a letter to the organization.

    "The UN’s error-filled biofuels report threatens our climate by pushing a dirty, unproven technology that could undermine truly promising clean-energy sources," CBD senior attorney Kevin Bundy said on Thursday. "We expect better from the United Nations. The report must be withdrawn."

    The UN report concludes that second-generation biofuels such as those made from wood, grasses and crop residues, are a good investment for developing nations and are currently a "commercial reality."

    CBD’s letter pointed out the report is filled with serious errors, including a list of biofuel manufacturing plants that is "actually composed of facilities that have never produced such fuels."

    Despite the UN’s claims, the letter added, biofuels are a long way from becoming a viable commercial reality.

    The UK-based organization Biofuelwatch warned that the report could cause developing countries to waste valuable resources.


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