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A New Generation of Environmental Risks

Nová generace environmentálních rizik

Luboš Smrčka and Markéta Arltová

Acta Oeconomica Pragensia, 2013, vol. 2013, issue 6, 3-20

Abstract: This paper uses as its point of departure a hypothesis that support to renewable sources by means of various subsidies, regulatory measures and tax changes is implemented not only in costlier energy, but also (given various new forms of economic pressure) in those areas of human activity that are meant to be helped and strengthened by these measures. The relationship between strengthening the pressure for advancing renewable energy sources and data such as CO2 emissions or fossil fuel consumption in households is also mathematically tested. Besides this, certain data in the area of agricultural production are also examined, considering the fact that attempts at regulation often have the exact opposite effect - for instance, stagnation of emissions or introducing new plants that are unsuitable for the Czech environment, the cultivation of which is connected with significant problems, including local ecological catastrophes. On the basis of proof, the paper arrives at the conclusion that not only do attempts to benefit the environment through support to renewable energy sources fail to lead to demonstrable success, but that it is highly probable that the real results are negative, which means that the environment comes off in a generally poorer state as a result of these endeavours.

Keywords: biomass; ecology; environmental subsidies; European Union; renewable sources of energy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q42 Q51 Q58 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013
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