This will upset the green taliban, though what could they possibly object to about biofuels:
AN ICELANDIC entrepreneur has created a new “biofuel” using whale oil — which he then uses to power his whale-hunting ships.
Kristjan Loftsson, who runs a business catching fin whales around Iceland, claims his biofuel, a mixture of 20% whale oil and 80% diesel, is the world’s greenest.
Loftsson says the oil is doubly environmentally friendly because he uses geothermal energy from Iceland’s volcanic vents to melt the whale carcasses to extract the oil.
However, a leading whale conservation group described the practice as “completely perverse and unethical”. Loftsson says each boat burns the equivalent of one whale a day during the hunting season, saving hundreds of thousands of pounds a year.
Fin whales are classed as “endangered” — at very high risk of extinction — by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Past hunting of the 40-ton creatures nearly wiped them out.
However, Loftsson has the support of Iceland’s government, which says the fin whale sub-population around Iceland is healthy and can easily sustain the “harvest” of 150 animals that Loftsson plans to kill this year.
Loftsson, reputedly one of Iceland’s few remaining millionaires, said: “We export the whale meat to Japan. Why not use the leftover oil to help catch more whales?”