The Biofuel Delusion: The Fallacy of Large-scale Agro-biofuel Production

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Earthscan, 2009 - Technology & Engineering - 337 pages
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Faced with the twin threats of peak oil and climate change, many governments have turned for an answer to the apparent panacea of biofuels. Yet, increasingly, the progressive implementation of this solution demonstrates that the promise of biofuels as a replacement to fossil fuels is in fact a mirage that, if followed, risks leaving us short of power, short of food, destroying biodiversity and doing as much damage to the climate as ever. Worse still, these risks are being ignored.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Can We Solve the Agrobiofuel Riddle?
1
Chapter 2 Learning from the Past
17
Chapter 3 Not Everything that Burns is a Fuel
39
A Crash Course in Bioeconomics
69
Chapter 5 Assessment of the Quality of Alternative Energy Sources
105
Chapter 6 Neglect of Available Wisdom
147
Chapter 7 A Reality Check on the Feasibility and Desirability of Agrobiofuels
175
Chapter 8 Agrobiofuel Production is Not Good for Rural Development
203
Chapter 9 Living in Denial
227
Chapter 10 Where Do We Go from Here?
253
Appendices
261
References
289
Glossary
307
Index
313
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Mario Giampietro is an ICREAn Research Professor at the Universitat Autonoma Barcelona, Spain. Kozo Mayumi is a Professor at the University of Tokushima, Japan.

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