The book argues that with little reflection and even less scientific research, governments around the world, supported by special interest groups, have spurred the production and consumption of biofuels which in some cases have been detrimental to the environment of the planet. Auld argues that the $40 billion spent annually should be drastically reduced and the remainder focused on those biofuel activities that make sense environmentally and reflect a prudent use of tax resources.
Douglas Auld has been adjunct professor at the University of Guelph since 2007 and was member of the faculty from 1968 to 1988. He has held academic appointments at Duke University, The University of York and University of British Columbia. He served as president of Loyalist College from 1988 to 2004. Dr. Auld has an honours BA from Western University, an MA from the University of Toronto and PhD from the Australian National University.