Ecologia pe bani publici şi criza alimentară

Ionela Bălţătescu · 17 februarie 2011

Subvenţiile pentru biocombustibili din SUA, UE şi de prin alte părţi contribuie, alături de alţi factori (vezi aici şi aici) la creşterea preţurilor mărfurilor alimentare, agravând criza şi înmulţind numărul muritorilor de foame:

“…biofuels demand accounted for about 30% of the spike in food prices that led to food riots in a number of countries, and Oxfam estimates price increases threatened with starvation another 290 million of the world’s poor.”

(Sursa)

În plus, mai este şi povara pentru plătitorii de taxe:

“The cost to taxpayers [in US] for providing tax credits to biofuels to reduce carbon dioxide emissions is enormous: $754 per metric ton for corn-based ethanol, about $275 per metric ton for cellulosic ethanol, and $306 per metric for biodiesel. To put these numbers in perspective, it currently costs less than $15 a ton to purchase a certified carbon dioxide allowance traded on the European Climate Exchange.”

(Sursa)

… iar emisiile de gaze cu efect de seră nu scad, ci cresc:

“…ethanol and biofuels subsidies are bad public policy because most biofuels increase, rather than reduce, greenhouse gas emissions once all the energy impacts are taken into account, they are a waste of public money, and they have been a major factor in the reduction of global food supplies and resulting food price increases.”

(Sursa)

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