Biofuels and the Globalization of Risk: The Biggest Change in North-South Relationships Since Colonialism? (Paperback)James Smith (author)
Paperback 160 Pages / Published: 11/11/2010
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Biofuels and the Globalization of Risk offers a fresh, compelling analysis of the politics and policies behind the biofuels story, with its technological optimism and often-idealized promises for the future. This essential new critique argues that investment in biofuels may reconfigure risk and responsibility, whereby the global South is encouraged to invest its future in growing biofuel crops, often at the expense of food, in order that the global North may continue its unsustainable energy consumption unabated and guilt-free. Thus, Smith argues, biofuels may constitute the biggest change in North-South relationships since colonialism.
Publisher: Zed Books Ltd
Number of pages: 160
Weight: 204 g
Dimensions: 216 x 138 x 138 mm
'This is a revolutionary body of work that analyses the allure of biofuels from a global, historical and political perspective.' Judi Wakhungu, African Centre of Technology Studies 'James Smith has produced an incredibly important book for anyone interested in why global investment in biofuels continues to expand at breakneck speed despite the technology's current inherent inability to make any significant impact on energy security or green house gas emissions.' Simon Trace, Practical Action 'I strongly recommend the reading of this book, for the expert and non-expert and politicians. If biofuels are to play an important role in our energy future, it is imperative we address all questions including uncomfortable ones, as Smith has done in this book.' Frank Rosillio-Calle, Imperial College
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