This will upset the green taliban, though what could they possibly object to about biofuels:
AN ICELANDIC entrepreneur has created a new âbiofuelâ 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 worldâs greenest.
Loftsson says the oil is doubly environmentally friendly because he uses geothermal energy from Icelandâs volcanic vents to melt the whale carcasses to extract the oil.Â
However, a leading whale conservation group described the practice as âcompletely perverse and unethicalâ. 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 âendangeredâ 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 Icelandâs government, which says the fin whale sub-population around Iceland is healthy and can easily sustain the âharvestâ of 150 animals that Loftsson plans to kill this year.
Loftsson, reputedly one of Icelandâs few remaining millionaires, said: âWe export the whale meat to Japan. Why not use the leftover oil to help catch more whales?â