The Food-Fuel Debate – A Non-sequitur?
S.S. Jothiratnam

The arguments typically presented against the use of food-crops to manufacture fuel in the so-called food-fuel debate are evaluated here and shown to be unsatisfactory. Whilst the price of food-crops could potentially be driven up by such usage, it is argued that this effect can readily be attenuated by imposing an environmental tax on fossil-fuels, which are currently substantially under-priced, primarily because their ecological and social costs are not reflected in the selling price of these fuels. It is further argued that in this menacing age of global warming, it is imperative that an environmental tax be imposed upon fossil-fuels, and that these environmental tax revenues be used to directly mitigate the ecologically deleterious effects of burning fossil-fuels. The energy implications of our burgeoning human population, and our exploding energy demands, as well as the pressing need to find effective and viable solutions are also examined, as are alternative energies. The potentially disastrous consequences of nuclear energy use by irresponsible governments like that of the former Soviet Union are also examined, particularly with regard to the issue of the wanton dumping of spent nuclear cores into the oceans.
8 December, 2011
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