Essentially, because corn and soy-based biofuels take away land (esp. in the States) used for food production, it forces other countries to cut forests and grassy plains and turn those into farmlands. In the end the CO2 that was consumed by those plants is replaced in the atmosphere in far greater numbers than any savings from biofuels, like corn and soy. This is another reason to dislike corn-based ethanol (which is not very energy efficient).
We need to invest in other alt fuels—like switchgrass—to get off of gasoline. These other fuels will take typically unusable land and convert that into fuel. Yay!
The coolest thing about this story is that two of my kids heard it before I told them about it. I am very lucky.
Unrelated horrible thing in the news today ...
The Bush administration says that waterboarding must be allowed to continue. Whose more insane the Bushies for thinking that torture will somehow become effective or the rest of us for expecting them to learn a fucking thing?