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By Francois Houtart

Since they have been heralded as a key weapon within the struggle opposed to weather swap, agrofuels were criticised seriously for doing extra damage than solid as a result of deforestation and stealing agricultural land necessary to farmers within the constructing international. This booklet asks no matter if there's anyplace for agrofuels in a low-carbon future.

François Houtart argues that the fairway power of agrofuels has been wasted by means of companies that positioned earnings above environmental safety. This has resulted in the absurd state of affairs the place an power resource that are meant to be sustainable truly raises human and ecological harm, easily because of the profit-maximising judgements of capitalists instead of a flaw within the idea of agrofuels.

Students of improvement stories and environmental economics will locate that this booklet deals an attractive new standpoint at the way forward for power.

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This has well been illustrated by the socialist countries and now by contemporary China. Two factors have to be combined and we shall speak more about them in our conclusions: there must another philosophy of our relationship with nature, and a democratic control of the common good of humanity – and thus of the energy issue. The emergence of agroenergies cannot be understood except by situating them in such a general framework. They have been known about for a long time, and in a country like Brazil, already in 2006 there were 300,000 vehicles using ‘green energy’.

The US foresees the construction of 80 new plants before 2012. The amount of pollution through the thermal production of electricity based on coal was revealed unexpectedly on 15 August 2003 when the north-east of the US and the south-east of Canada experienced a breakdown in electricity supply which lasted 29 hours. The result was that there was a reduction of 90 per cent of sulphur dioxide in the atmosphere, of half of the ozone in the troposphere (the lower region of the atmosphere), and of 70 per cent of the Houtart 01 text 22 26/03/2010 11:28 the twin crises: energy and climateâ•… 23 particles attaching themselves to the clouds, and increasing visibility by 40 kilometres.

However, as Anthony Giddens recently wrote, there is a paradox: ‘since the dangers posed by global warming aren’t tangible, immediate or visible in the course of day-to-day life, however awesome they appear, many will sit on their hands and do nothing of a concrete nature about them. ’20 The Role of Greenhouse Gases The heating up of the earth is nothing new. Research on glacial layers has shown there was a long period of climatic warming, which lasted some 200,000 years, about 55 million years ago.

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