I had no idea what would pop up when I typed in "ethanol sin" into the search box over at Flickr. Turns out, you get the image above, which was created for the Pope's visit to the U.S. back in early 2008. It's a good reminder that the debate over biofuels has donned religious clothing before. There a new twist to the discussion, though, following a recent statement from Sheikh Mohamed Al-Najimi, member of the Saudi Islamic Jurisprudence Academy, who said that using biofuels might be a sin because they go against the Islamic rule forbidding alcohol. This opinion, issued as a personal opinion and not an official fatwa, according to Al Arabiya, would apply to ethanol and methanol, and biodiesel made using methanol. SVO users, you're off the hook, here.

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[Source: Cleantech via Green Daily, Al Arabiya]
Image by Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com. Licensed under Creative Commons license 2.0.

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