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Perspectives On Biofuels And Implications For Climate Change: Grain As Fuel Or There Is A Limit* ?

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  • Marius-Răzvan Surugiu, Ph.D

    (Institute of National Economy, Romanian Academy, Bucharest, Romania)

  • Irina Dolgopolova, Ph.D

    (Baikal National University of Economics and Law Service Sector Economics and Management Department, Irkutsk, Russia)

  • Camelia Surugiu, PhD.

    (National Institute for Research and Development in Tourism, Bucharest, Romania)

Abstract

Countries, motivated by different issues (e.g. increases of the oil prices, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions) promote the expansion of biofuels industry. In this context, it is important that the development of strategies that promote biofuels not to have undesirable consequences over aspects such as environment, the level of GHG emissions, food security, the prices of food products, the living standards of people in developing countries. In this paper, some aspects regarding the choice between using grain for food or for fuel will be discussed. Two opinions will be under debate. First, using biofuels can help in the transition process from conventional to alternative sources of energy. Secondly, using grain for fuel could be considered a wrong idea, if we have in mind that people from some developing countries don’t have enough food and suffer from hunger. Also, we bring into discussion aspect related to biofuels and their connection to climate change.

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  • Marius-Răzvan Surugiu, Ph.D & Irina Dolgopolova, Ph.D & Camelia Surugiu, PhD., 2010. "Perspectives On Biofuels And Implications For Climate Change: Grain As Fuel Or There Is A Limit* ?," Revista Tinerilor Economisti (The Young Economists Journal), University of Craiova, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, vol. 1(15S), pages 75-86, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:aio:rteyej:v:1:y:2010:i:15s:p:75-86
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    1. Scientific researcher III Ph.D Surugiu Camelia & Scientific researcher III Ph.D Surugiu Marius-Razvan, 2009. "Climate Change And Global Economic Status. Present And Perspectives," Revista Tinerilor Economisti (The Young Economists Journal), University of Craiova, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, vol. 1(13S), pages 121-133, November.
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    Keywords

    biofuels; grain; food; climate change; future implications;

    JEL classification:

    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products
    • Q42 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - Alternative Energy Sources
    • Q43 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - Energy and the Macroeconomy
    • Q54 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Climate; Natural Disasters and their Management; Global Warming

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