Tag Archives | Brazil

Lets talk trees

Lets talk trees for a bit. There is a growing realisation that diverting corn or other food sources into fuel is likely to have severe impacts on the world’s ability to feed itself, or at least that the price of food is likely to rise dramatically.  What does that leave, as renewable alternatives? Wood, grass, biomass […]

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Bovine tallow, could that be Brazil’s secret biodiesel weapon?

Over on Biodiesel BioDieselSpain.com, they have stumbled upon an excellent source of cheap biodiesl that Brazil has in abundance: Bovine tallow, could that be Brazil’s secret biodiesel weapon? It looks cheap enough. The post is in Spanish, thanks to Babelfish

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More US Brazilian analysis

More US Brazilian analysis. There’s a well considered piece on the US Brazil relationship regarding biofuels on the Latin Business Chronicle.

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Japan and now China pile into Brazil’s biofuels

Investors from Japan and China have made big commitments to the Brazilian Biofuels market in the last couple of days… according to Ethanol Brasil.

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Another use for ethanol

While I was at the NPRA convention in San Antonio, Texas over the past couple of days, I interviewed Jose Carlos Grubisich president, Braskem, he’s examining a technology that will convert ethanol into polyethylene, which is used in a range of things from shopping bags to cable ties. Its likely to be a niche technology […]

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World Bank’s Wolfowitz wants US ethanol tariff to go

Joining those who call for a removal of the US ethanol tariff is, Paul Wolfowitz, the president of the World Bank, according to Ethanol Brasil. Ethanol Brasil continues: Wolfowitz called for the US to remove the ethanol tariff in a statement came at a conference in London on financing low-carbon energy, and it will increase […]

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Brazil, US win: win?

Over on GoG2G; Converting Green to Green, Konrad Imielinski is saying the US Brazil ethanol pact was a win win I’m not sure about that, at least in the short term: Its only a win win in the sense that the US gave very little of any value to the Brazilians. Market access is what […]

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Chavez to try to talk to Lula about ethanol

Hugo Chavez says he’s going to try to talk to Brazil’s President Lula to persuade him not to promote ethanol in Latin America (so Mr Bush has had some effect South of the Border), according to The Devils Excrement blog.

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Why farmers are more important than drivers (again)

There’s an explanation of why reducing the tariff on bioethanol from Brazil would make a little real difference to the US gasoline pool and hurt US farmers. Perhaps they could grow something that there’s a real market for instead?

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Civil disturbances, ethanol worries greet Bush

Civil disturbances fueled by worries over ethanol have greeted President Bush, on his visit to Brazil. Bush is expected to sign an ethanol deal with President Luis Da Silva. The visit has thrown the US tariff position on biofuels and the pressure on the administration over the issue into sharp relief The BBC has pretty good […]

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