Title: The political economy of a biomass energy response to global warming (GREENS)

Authors: Peter Read

Addresses: Economics Department, Massey University, New Zealand

Abstract: GREENS (Global Redevelopment with Energy Environment Sustainability) is a concept that provides a response to global warming which integrates the technological, economic and political aspects of the problem. Technological and economic aspects are discussed elsewhere. The political aspects involve a context in which growth in energy use is foreseen mostly in the |South|, where the Third World Debt burden is perceived to be unfair. However, the |South| provides promising venues for biomass production and GREENS offers the prospect of biomass technology transfer in support of progress in newly developing countries, per contra alternative responses which hinder the |South|s| development. But countries like Russia, China and India (dubbed |East| countries) with developed fossil fuel systems, present a significant burden upon the |North| until future technologies become available and/or the |East|s| economic progress fits it to share the cost of biomass substitution.

Keywords: biomass energy; global warming response; North-South; sustainable energy; third world debt; sustainability; political economy; biomass technology transfer; developing countries; sustainable development.

DOI: 10.1504/IJGEI.1992.063622

International Journal of Global Energy Issues, 1992 Vol.4 No.4, pp.275-286

Available online: 17 Jul 2014

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