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Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Lake Dallas, TX
Brazil is barely oil independant and that is because they brought a new oil rig online just last summer. That rig has made them an oil exporter for the first time but that is expected to last only a few years. Ethanol now provides 40% of Brazils energy needs. It took a dictatorship in the 70's to start the move to Ethanol. There have been multiple impacts on the economy and ecology of Brazil as a result. Some positive some negative....
IMO, the only bio fuel that is "possibly viable" is biodiesel which can be made from soybeans. Soybeans have a vastly larger yield than corn or sugarcane and the energy conversion process reaps much larger rewards than ethanol production could ever yeild (even with celulostic processes) Also, unlike ethanol, diesel engines get vastly better gas mileage. Some speculate that genetically engineered soybeans could more than double the production numbers.
Ethanol is a boondoggle. Don't buy the hype. The short term solution for the US is to drill here but the long term solution is something other than ethanol.