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Is Castro Right? The Prospects for Biofuel Development

Speakers: David J. Rothkopf and C. Ford Runge
Presider: Julia E. Sweig

Watch David Rothkopf, president and chief executive officer of Garten Rothkopf, and C. Ford Runge, distinguished McKnight university professor of applied economics at the University of Minnesota, discuss the potential impact of the increasing demand for biofuels on global energy and food security.

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Is Castro Right? The Prospects for Biofuel Development (Audio)

Speakers: David J. Rothkopf and C. Ford Runge
Presider: Julia E. Sweig

Listen to David Rothkopf, president and chief executive officer of Garten Rothkopf, and C. Ford Runge, distinguished McKnight university professor of applied economics at the University of Minnesota, discuss the potential impact of the increasing demand for biofuels on global energy and food security.

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Biofuels in the Americas

David J. Rothkopf, author of a report for the Inter-American Development Bank on green energy in the Americas, and C. Ford Runge, professor of applied economics and law at the University of Minnesota, discuss the viability of ethanol as an alternative fuel and its prospects in Latin America.

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Foreign Affairs Article

How Biofuels Could Starve the Poor

Authors: C. Ford Runge and Benjamin Senauer

Thanks to high oil prices and hefty subsidies, corn-based ethanol is now all the rage in the United States. But it takes so much supply to keep ethanol production going that the price of corn -- and those of other food staples -- is shooting up around the world. To stop this trend, and prevent even more people from going hungry, Washington must conserve more and diversify ethanol's production inputs.

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Panacea or Pipe Dream? Energy Policy and the Search for Alternatives: Session 2: The Range of the Possible: Energy Alternatives in the Market (Audio)

Speakers: John E. Bryson and Vijay Vaitheeswaran
Presider: Sebastian Mallaby

Listen to John Bryson, chairman and CEO of Edison International, and Vijay Vaitheeswaran, correspondent for The Economist, discuss the role of the market in developing energy alternatives to oil and gas.

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Panacea or Pipe Dream? Energy Policy and the Search for Alternatives: Session II: Energy Alternatives in the Market

Speakers: John E. Bryson and Vijay Vaitheeswaran
Presider: Sebastian Mallaby

John Bryson and Vijay Vaitheeswaran discuss the technology options in the market, highlighting the weakness of the U.S. electric grid, the importance of conservation and efficiency, and the prospects for ethanol, wind, and solar as leading alternative energy sources.

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New Academy Review: Global Renewable Energy Markets and Policies

Author: Eric Martinot

Global renewable energy markets have grown tremendously in the past decade. This paper provides a survey of the existing markets for renewable energy, the past and existing policies
that have facilitated those markets, and the implications of electric power sector restructuring for
renewable energy. The paper concludes by considering future prospects, from both economic and policy perspectives.

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