This will upset the green taliban, though what could they possibly object to about biofuels:
AN ICELANDIC entrepreneur has created a new â€śbiofuelâ€ť using whale oil â€” 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 worldâ€™s greenest.
Loftsson says the oil is doubly environmentally friendly because he uses geothermal energy from Icelandâ€™s volcanic vents to melt the whale carcasses to extract the oil.Â
However, a leading whale conservation group described the practice as â€ścompletely perverse and unethicalâ€ť. 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 â€śendangeredâ€ť â€” at very high risk of extinction â€” 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 Icelandâ€™s government, which says the fin whale sub-population around Iceland is healthy and can easily sustain the â€śharvestâ€ť of 150 animals that Loftsson plans to kill this year.
Loftsson, reputedly one of Icelandâ€™s few remaining millionaires, said: â€śWe export the whale meat to Japan. Why not use the leftover oil to help catch more whales?â€ť