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EU ends biofuel battle, nears green energy deal

Source:  Copyright 2008, Reuters
Date:  December 3, 2008
Original URL: Status ONLINE

The European Union is on the verge of a deal to boost renewable energy after resolving a battle over the controversial issue of biofuels on Thursday, but Italy's demand for a review in 2014 prevented a final agreement.

"We have agreement on everything except the deletion of the review clause," the European Parliament's lead negotiator Claude Turmes told Reuters after closed-door negotiations.

The European Commission, which originates EU law, proposed in January that 10 percent of all road transport fuel should come from renewable sources by 2020, mindful of climate change and the violent storms and rising sea levels it is expected to bring.

Much of that 10 percent would come from biofuels, creating a huge potential market that is coveted by exporters such as Brazil and Indonesia, as well as EU farming nations.

But environmentalists charged that biofuels made from grains and oilseeds were pushing up food prices and forcing ...

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