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Wild Biofuels Stories Circulate on Internet

Don't believe everything that pops up on search engines.

The biofuels market for all alternative bioufels is just a hoax. It's propped up the government and will lead the country down the wrong path, ending up in an energy crisis, in the long run. Therefore the recently enacted Energy Bill is also a sham that does disservice to the country.

Was that written or said by a politician? Maybe a scholar or a leading scientist? No, instead it came off an Internet search for facts about how soy biodiesel use is growing and catching on across the country.

Up popped a strange Website with a seven-age article that decried the alternative energy boon to be just a cruel hoax upon the American people. Is it a hoax? Hardly. What this article and Website remind us is that while the Internet is an extremely useful tool, it is also as untamed in some ways as the Wild West portrayed in movie and TV westerns of days gone by. It's 'reader beware' when you take it upon yourself to check out various Web sites than might pop up in an Internet search for various topics.

A couple pages into the potential Web site referenced here, the writer's intent became clear. Strangely enough, he was a proponent of nuclear power, not a wide-eyed opponent, such as the ones who helped shut down the Marble Hill nuclear power plant project in southern Indiana near Madison nearly 30 years ago. Read further and you will find out this Internet genius also believes that to relieve true dependence on foreign oil, the government should begin allowing drilling and exploration for oil in Alaska.

Obviously, the person posting material at this Web site had a political agenda. Those who peruse what's on the Internet carefully often find that's the case.

To avoid becoming misinformed concentrate on determining who is issuing the statements before you begin reading an article. Is the person part of a reputable research group, such as a noted university or company? Does he have credentials in the field? Does he have an obvious axe in need of grinding? If so, how does goring the ox of bio-fuels, or whatever the subject might be, help promote his cause.

To throw all information found on the Internet out would be just as foolish as believing everything you read there on face value. What's needed if you're into searching the Internet for the right information is an open mind and a willingness to doublecheck information presented as fact in Internet stories.

Maybe you'll find out they're facts. Then again, maybe you'll find out that the real hoax is the material printed in the story you're reading on the Web.

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