Fueling the Appetite for Water: The Palm Oil Biofuel Industry in San Pedro Sula, Honduras

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Title:
Fueling the Appetite for Water: The Palm Oil Biofuel Industry in San Pedro Sula, Honduras
Author:
Bloxom, Jennifer Michelle
Issue Date:
2009
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
The world desperately seeks alternative fuels to eradicate its reliance upon unsustainable oil extraction; however, emerging biofuel technology is contingent on a more precious natural resource: water. Essential in all stages of biofuel production, including growing, processing, and refining oil feedstocks, water still represents a vital necessity for the surrounding population. This research assesses the immediate and long-term impacts of the expanding palm oil biodiesel industry on local water availability and privatized water management in San Pedro Sula, Honduras and the surrounding Sula Valley. Analyzing regional changes in water accessibility and quality caused by the palm oil commerce, the report also explores the reasons behind the impending water scarcity in San Pedo Sula. Finally, the study examines the potential consequences of these transforming water realities on future water provision as well as possible service adaptations required of the privatized company.
Type:
text; Electronic Thesis
Keywords:
biodiesel; Latin America; palm oil; policy; privatization; water
Degree Name:
M.A.
Degree Level:
masters
Degree Program:
Latin American Studies; Graduate College
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Whiteford, Scott
Committee Chair:
Whiteford, Scott

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoENen_US
dc.titleFueling the Appetite for Water: The Palm Oil Biofuel Industry in San Pedro Sula, Hondurasen_US
dc.creatorBloxom, Jennifer Michelleen_US
dc.contributor.authorBloxom, Jennifer Michelleen_US
dc.date.issued2009en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractThe world desperately seeks alternative fuels to eradicate its reliance upon unsustainable oil extraction; however, emerging biofuel technology is contingent on a more precious natural resource: water. Essential in all stages of biofuel production, including growing, processing, and refining oil feedstocks, water still represents a vital necessity for the surrounding population. This research assesses the immediate and long-term impacts of the expanding palm oil biodiesel industry on local water availability and privatized water management in San Pedro Sula, Honduras and the surrounding Sula Valley. Analyzing regional changes in water accessibility and quality caused by the palm oil commerce, the report also explores the reasons behind the impending water scarcity in San Pedo Sula. Finally, the study examines the potential consequences of these transforming water realities on future water provision as well as possible service adaptations required of the privatized company.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeElectronic Thesisen_US
dc.subjectbiodieselen_US
dc.subjectLatin Americaen_US
dc.subjectpalm oilen_US
dc.subjectpolicyen_US
dc.subjectprivatizationen_US
dc.subjectwateren_US
thesis.degree.nameM.A.en_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineLatin American Studiesen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorWhiteford, Scotten_US
dc.contributor.chairWhiteford, Scotten_US
dc.contributor.committeememberScott, Christopheren_US
dc.contributor.committeememberVasquez-Leon, Marcelaen_US
dc.identifier.proquest10477en_US
dc.identifier.oclc659752095en_US
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