Energy, Bio Fuels and Development: Comparing Brazil and the United States by Edmund AmannEnergy, Bio Fuels and Development: Comparing Brazil and the United States by Edmund Amann

Energy, Bio Fuels and Development: Comparing Brazil and the United States

EditorEdmund Amann, Werner Baer, Don Coes

Hardcover | January 20, 2011

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This collection examines the important and topical issue of the economic, social and environmental implications of concerted attempts to diversify energy sources away from fossil fuels. The book expertly examines this issue by focussing on the contrasting experiences of two major economies; one developed, and the other a rapidly expanding, emerging market.

Energy, Bio Fuels and Developmentevaluates the experience of Brazil, with elements of that of the US highlighted for the purpose of comparison. A key area of concern surrounds the causes and consequences of the contrasting routes to biofuel production represented by sugar cane (in Brazil) and corn (in the US). The book also places the recent biofuels drive in perspective by discussing the broader energy policy context. The book shows the complexity and interdependence of the issues involved in moving a society reliant on non-renewable energy sources to one based on alternative sources of energy.

The key conclusion to emerge is that Brazil, in pursuing a flexible mix of fossil fuels and bio-fuels, has greatly diminished its exposure to exogenous energy shocks. The US experience ' in particular its development of corn-based ethanol ' has been more problematic, though by no means without successes. It is argued that bio fuels should not be seen as a panacea. There are clear limits to the efficiency and cost effectiveness of current biofuel production technologies while there remain concerns surrounding potentially adverse effects on food production and rural livelihoods.

This book should be an excellent resource for students focussing on economic development, particularly in the areas of energy, biofuels, rural development and food supply.

Edmund Amannis Reader in Development Economics at the University of Manchester, UK.Werner Baeris Lemann Professor of Economics at the University of Illinois, USA.Donald V. Coesis Professor of Economics at the University of New Mexico, USA.
Title:Energy, Bio Fuels and Development: Comparing Brazil and the United StatesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:January 20, 2011Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0415567203

ISBN - 13:9780415567206


Table of Contents

1. IntroductionEdmund Amann, Werner Baer and Don Coes Part 1: Energy Shocks, Policy Change and the Emergence of Biofuels 2. Oil Shocks in Brazil and in the United StatesTiago Cavalcanti and Jo'Tovar Jalles 3. Energy and Income Distribution in Brazil's Development ProcessEdmund Amann and Werner Baer  4. The Earth is Finite and Other Irrelevancies about the World's Ultimate Oil SupplyFred Gottheil  5. Energy Restrictions to Growth: The Past, Present and Future Energy Supply in BrazilAdilson de Oliveira and Eduardo Pontual Ribeiro 6. Oil Prices and Inflation in Brazil: Exchange Rate vs. Inflation TargetingClaudio A.C. Paiva 7. Energy Independence and Economic Efficiency in Brazilian TradeDonald V. Coes 8. The Role Played by the BNDES in Funding Energy Investments in BrazilRicardo Cavalcante and Simone Uderman Part 2: Social, Local and Environmental Impacts of Changes in the Energy Market  9. Climate Change and Energy Use in the Long Run and Growth in BrazilCarlos Azzoni, Eduardo Haddad and Fabio Kanczuk 10. Energy and the Brazilian Regional SystemGervasio Ferreira dos Santos, Eduardo Haddad and Geoffrey Hewings 11. Socio-economic Indicators and Determinants of the Income of Workers in Sugar Cane Plantations and in the Sugar and Ethanol Industries in the North, North-East and Centre-South Regions of BrazilM'ia Azanha Ferras Dias Moraes 12. Understanding the Impact of Food Policy on the Brazilian PoorMary Arends-Kuenning 13. Biofuels, Food and Trade: Social ImpactsGale Summerfield and Keith Taylor 14. Oligopolistic Behavior of Brazilian Gas StationsIgn'o Tavares de Ara'jo J'nior, Alexandre Rands Barros, Andr'atos Magalh' and Luciano Menezes Bezerra Sampaio Part 3: The Impacts of Bio and Alternative Fuels  15. The Journey to Next-Generation of Bio-economy: The U.S. PerspectiveHans P. Blaschek 16. Integrated Life-cycle Analysis of Sustainable BiofuelsJurgen Scheffran  17. The Capital Efficiency Challenge of Bio-energy Models: What Flex-Mills in Brazil can Teach usPeter Goldsmith, Renato Rasmussen, Guilherme Signorini, Jo'Martines, Carolina Guimar' 18. The Impact of Agriculture-based Energy Sources on Land Use in BrazilCarlos Jose Caetano Bacha  19. Fossil-Fuels, Bio-Fuels, and Food: Ranking PrioritiesGuilherme Leite da Silva Dias and Joaquim Jose Martins Guilhoto 20. The Impact of Sugar Cane Expansion on the CerradoCharles Mueller and Geraldo Bueno Martha Jr.  21. The Viability of the Biodiesel Program as an Instrument of Social InclusionMarcos Holanda, Bruno Moreira Wichmann and Paul Ara'jo Pontes 22. The Expansion of Sugarcane Production in the State of S'Paulo and its Impact on Municipal Tax ReceiptsAndr'.S. Chagas and Rudinei Toneto Jr.  23. ConclusionsEdmund Amann and Werner Baer